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It's widely believed that lemons originated in India and spread into northern Burma, and China. It was used medicinally around various parts of Asia as an anecdote for poison and for its antiseptic properties. During the time of ancient Rome, lemons arrived in Europe and around 700AD they were introduced to Persia (now Iran) Iraq and Egypt. In 1493 Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the Americas with lemon seeds he brought from his voyages.
Aside from the medicinal and culinary reasons lemons they have so many other purposes. They can be used as natural deodorisers, insect deterrents; to clean metal such as chrome, brass and cast iron greasy BBQ plates; as beauty agents to treat dandruff, age spots and rough dry skin, and as a natural cleaner in the laundry to bleach clothing and remove underarm sweat stains.
In Season: Spring Winter
The two main varieties of lemon are the Eureka (thick skinned) and the Lisbon (thinner skin).
Buy lemons that are heavy for their size. Avoid any with soft spots.
Store in a bowl for up to 10 days. Avoid exposing the lemons to any moisture as they will mould.
Tips & Tricks:
A glass of hot water with a squeeze of lemon is a great cleanser first thing in the morning.
If zesting a lemon - scrub the fruit to remove any surface wax. Dry thoroughly before zesting.
A lemon zester is a great investment.
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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