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Top 40 Amazing Facts About Lemon | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. The name Lemon is said to have been derived from an Asian word for “sour fruit”. Lemons are technically berries.
  2. The lemon is native to Asia, around Northeast India, North Burma, and China.
  3. Historians believe that lemons have been around since first century A.D. It is believed they were initially cultivated in the Mediterranean.
  4. Lemons used to be so rare that kings used to present them to each other as gifts. Wealthy Victorians grew lemons trees in their homes as a sign of prestige and to be a fragrant.
  5. Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.
  6. Lemon tree can grow up to 20 feet tall. The lemon is an evergreen tree, it blooms with a white flower and produces fruit all year around. Each tree can produce nearly 250 kg of lemons a year.
  7. Lemon tree can amazingly survive more than 100 years, but production of fruit ceases after 50 years.
  8. Lemon has evergreen, leathery leaves that are oval or elliptic in shape about 4 inches long. They can be used to make tea.
  9. Christopher Columbus took lemon seeds with him to the America’s in 1493, introducing the fruit there.
  10. The top 5 producers of lemons in the world each year are China, India, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. In USA California and Arizona produce 95% of the entire lemon crop.
  11. An average lemon holds three tablespoons of juice. Lemons have a sour taste due to 5-6% citric acid within it. There are roughly 15 calories in each lemon. Common varieties of lemon include Meyer, Eureka, and Lisbon.
  12. Lemons should be fully yellow. The ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic. Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will not be a vibrant yellow.
  13. Lemons will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks and at room temperature for 2 weeks.
  14. Lemon juice is the main ingredient of lemonade. Lemon zest (grated outer rind) is used for flavor in baking of cakes, sponges and biscuits and puddings.
  15. Due to its high acidic content, the juice of a lemon can be used for cleaning. Lemon halves dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten up copper and clean kitchenware. 
  16. Because lemons are high in vitamin C, they can prevent the disease scurvy which used to be common among sailors stuck on ships for months. Even today, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons since naval surgeon cured scurvy with fresh lemons in 1747.
  17. Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are one of the most alkaline-forming foods in the body. This makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body.
  18. The lemon is the only food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the ion has a positive charge.) This makes it very healthy fruit as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides the cells with energy.
  19. In 2003, the heaviest lemon ever grown was recorded in Kefar Zeitim, Israel. It weighed 5.265 kg, had a circumference of 74 cm and was 35 cm high.
  20. Sprinkling the juice on other fruits can prevent them turning brown.
  21. Lemon fruit is used in the production of marmalades and alcoholic beverages, such as vodka.
  22. Mixture composed of equal amount of warm water and lemon juice is used for gargling as a home-made remedy for sore throat due to antibacterial properties.
  23. Lemons’ antibacterial properties due to citric acid and antifungal properties make them a natural alternative to treat acne and remove blackheads. Simply slice open a lemon and rub it across your face. Or you can add a few drops of honey to a lemon half before applying it directly to the area where you have blackheads. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
  24. Lemon is best known as a rich source of vitamin C providing 53 mg of Vitamin C per 100 gm which helps reduce free radicals in the body. Vitamin C also promotes production of collagen which is very important for new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons.
  25. Lemon also contains valuable minerals such as potassium, zinc, calcium and magnesium.
  26. Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. The potassium is very useful to control blood pressure maintaining electrolyte balance in cells. Potassium also promotes healthy heart.
  27. Honey and lemon taken together can help reduce your extra weight.
  28. The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons and also liquefies the bile. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier. This also increases peristalsis and promotes regular bowels.
  29. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. It also destroys intestinal worms.
  30. Lemon has many anti-cancer compounds which may kill cancer cells. It may be more effective than some of the chemotherapeutic agents.
  31. You may make a homemade teeth whitener using baking soda and lemon juice. Mix the two ingredients into a bubbly solution and put onto your teeth for no more than one minute and gently scrub off with a toothbrush.
  32. Lemons can get rid of oily skin. Swiping a cotton swab with a little lemon juice is very effective if done before bedtime and in the morning.
  33. Lemon can brighten your hair color. Combine lemon juice and hair conditioner, comb through strands, sit in the sun for some time and wash out. Repeat at least once a week, and you will notice lighter hairs.
  34. Using olive oil with lemon juice strengthen nails. The solution will not only condition weak and brittle nails, but it will also whiten yellowing nails.
  35. Massaging a combination of coconut oil, olive oil and raw honey with lemon juice onto your scalp is a simple household solution for dry scalp and dandruff.
  36. Lemon soothe chapped lips acting as exfoliant. Rub the sliced lemon fruit to your lips and wash off the next morning. The lemon juice will remove any dead skin cells and your lipstick is super smooth.
  37. Lemon juice keeps bananas, apples, avocados and other fresh fruit from turning dark for hours!
  38. You can make buttermilk using lemon juice. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice with enough milk to make one cup. Buttermilk is ready in 5 minutes!
  39. Amazingly lemon can be used as a battery. Dipping of electrodes into the fruit produces energy that is high enough to run small digital watch.
  40. When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing lemons are very helpful. The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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