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Lemon From A To Z: 26 Interesting Things To Know About Lemons

Lemon From A To Z: 26 Interesting Things To Know About Lemons

From Christopher Columbus to U2, from Mentone to Haiti, here is a list of facts and figures you probably didn't know about lemons

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Asia
The lemon plant has its origins in Asia. Many think that the first lemons come from Southern India, Northern Burma, and China.

Bonnie Brae
The Bonnie Brae is a variety of lemon. It’s oblong in shape, smooth and seedless, and is common to California, especially around San Diego.

Citric acid
Lemon juice is composed of around 5% of citric acid, which is a common food additive.

Deodorize
Lemon juice eliminates bad odors, grease, and oil. It whitens and removes tough stains. It’s also a good disinfectant thanks to its low PH. And this is not the only thing you can do with lemons: here is a list of 10 things you could do with extra lemons.

Evergreen
The lemon tree is considered an evergreen.

Festival
The Lemon Festival in Mentone, France, takes place in the spring. It’s been celebrating the yellow citrus fruit, so commonly found in the French Riviera, for close to a century.

Genoa
The first place to cultivate lemons in Europe was in Genoa, Italy, in the first part of the 15th Century.

Haiti
In 1493 Christopher Columbus brought the first lemon seeds to Haiti, and then brought its cultivation to America.

Insecticide
Lemon oil is often used in non-toxic insecticides.

James Lind
James Lind (1716-1794) was a Scottish doctor who first encouraged the consumption of citrus (especially lemons and oranges) to prevent and cure scurvy.

Kittens
Lemon Kittens is the name of the British post-punk band, founded in 1977 by Karl Blake and Gary Thatcher.

Lisbon
Lisbon is an excellent variety of lemon from the capital of Portugal.

Meyer lemon
The Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin. Its name comes from the man who discovered it in 1908, Frank N. Meyer.

Nuvo
Nuvo Lemon Sorbet is produced in France, and contains 25% alcohol. It’s made from French vodka and lemon juice.

Oil Lemon
Oil is an essential oil extracted from the lemon peel. It’s also used on for the fingerboards of guitars.

Preservative
Lemon juice is often used to preserve some foods that tend to oxidize, like apples, bananas or avocado. Citric acid denatures the enzymes responsible for turning certain foods brown when coming in contact with air.

Quartz
Lemon Quartz is a gemstone from Brazil and Africa. They are a light yellow in color, hence their name.

Risotto
Lemon Risotto is a kind of risotto dish prepared with lemon juice.

Siddha Medicine
Lemon is commonly used in traditional medicines like Siddha Medicine and Ayurveda.

Tea
A slice of lemon in tea is a must for those who love the afternoon ritual.

U2
'Lemon' is the fourth track on the Zooropa (1993) album by the band U2.

Verbena
Verbena is a shrub plant from the Verbenaceae family, whose leaves give off an intense citrus aroma, similar to the Melissa officinalis, or Lemon balm.

Watch
A small digital watch can be powered by a battery composed of a lemon into which electrodes have been stuck. This is enough to produce electricity.

X Generation
X is the name of an album by Lemon D, the most often used recording name of South London jungle producer Kevin King.

Yellow
Lemon yellow is a common color whose vivid shade recalls that of a lemon peel.

Zest
Zest is an ingredient that comes from the peel of citrus fruit, like lemon, orange and lime.

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