Lemons

Twin Palms By Twin Palms, 26th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2553s6la/
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Lemons are a very popular citrus fruit which we incorporate into our lives in various ways and uses. I have five well producing lemon trees; two planted in the ground and two in pots. They are very decorative as plants; and most useful in a healthy daily diet; and pretty as well. I use them often as a garnish in drinks, as ingredients main dishes and desserts, and of course, we all love lemonade.

Background and History of Lemons

Lemon trees were first found and used throughout Asia and soon made their way around the world with their uses, as both tart and tangy flavors. Lemon trees grow in warm climates and produce a fragrant and dellicate white flower. Commercial orchards were first produced in California and Florida. Interesting enough, the largest area of lemon orchards are in the states of Arizona and California.

Selecting the Best Lemon

When selecting a lemon it is best that the fruit be firm and bright yellow. I have found that the more thin-skinned lemons have more juice, so I am always on the lookout for those with this type of skin.

Lemons can be stored in the kitchen at room temperature for approximately two weeks. Should you find you won't use all the lemons you picked or purchased, you can seal them in a ziploc bag and place them in the refrigerator so they don't grow mold. Lemons are best used immediately after cutting, so as to not dry out and lacking of flavor.

Types of Lemons/Trees

It is thought that the Eureka lemon originated from seeds in Italy and planted in the Los Angeles, California area. These types are highly acidic and have more of a green hue mixed with the yellow. The Eureka lemon is probably one of the more common and basic types found in today's markets, stores and yards.

Lisbon lemons originated in Portugal, and migrated to Australia and subsequently to California. This tree produces fruit in the summer and fall and has no seeds. These trees are the largest of all and have thorns on the stems - watch out you don't get hurt picking them!

Meyer lemons were introduced in China in the early 1900's. This tree is considered a hybrid because it is a combination of a lemon and mandarin orange. Meyer lemon trees are small in stature have very few seeds and proudce lots of tasty juice. This particular lemon tree produces it's fruit from December to April.

Villafranca lemons originated in Sicily and was taken to Europe in the late 1800's. From there, it was introduced to Stanford, Florida where it became one of the leading producers of lemons in the area. It is similar in type to the Eureka lemon. The tree is large and thick, but with more thorns than the Eureka lemon tree.

The Avon lemon tree originated in Califonia and is best used for producing a concentrate used in frozen juice.

Lemon Tips

Here are some tips I use in my own home with lemons and you too, may find these useful or enjoyable!

I keep a bowl of lemons on my center island because the fragrance fills my kitchen and the color is bright and pretty, along with my fresh cut flowers.

Try adding a slice of lemon to a glass or pitcher of water. The taste of water is enhanced and your nicely set table will be perked up by the color..

By using a fresh squeezed lemon if you are trying to lower the salt or sodium in your diet; lemon juice is a natural diuretic as well.

By rolling a lemon on the countertop I find it easier to squeeze all the juice out quicker.

Should you find it the end of a season with fresh lemons, squeeze them and put in ice cube trays and freeze for any future uses.

If you hands smell of raw onions, bleach or fresh fish, "wash" your hands with lemon juice. The oder goes away immediately.

If your whipping cream isn't stiff enough, add a few drops of lemon juice - you will be amazed with the outcome.

Lemon Bar Recipe

This recipe is a family favorite I would like to share. This was handed down to me from my grandmother and it is always a hit at any occasion.

2 C. Flour Dash of Salt
1/2 C. Powdered Sugar Juice of two Lemons
1 C. Butter 4 Tbsp. Flour (for later use)
4 Eggs 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 C. Sugar

Mix the flour and sugar together and cut in the butter. Form into a ball. Press into a 9 x 13 glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Now, blend together eggs, sugar, salt and lemon juice and fold in the 4 Tbsp. of flour and baking powder. When the bottom mixture is baked, pour the topping mixture over the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for another 25 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot.
Cut into squares and enjoy.

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Arizona, California, Dessert, Florida, Garnish, Kittyk, Lemon, Lemon Juice, Lemonade, Tangy, Tart, Tree

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author avatar leesab
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you for the information! My favorite recipe for lemons is to take a slice and put it in my mouth! I love the taste. They are so pretty, too

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you for your nice comments.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Much good information on lemons

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank yo Jerry.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2011 (#)

We are thinking of adding a few lemon trees. great info, love the recipe also. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

You will be pleased that you planted a lemon tree - they are priceless!!

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author avatar Tony Mendoza Jr.
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you for the information! I have a fresh lemon squeezed into warm water every morning as a detox and cleanse for my digestive tract and liver. I have been doing it for years and haven't been sick in all that time!

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Good for you, Tony. Lemons are great for so many uses.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
28th Feb 2011 (#)

I love lemon for all of its good qualities. Very lemony!

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you for your comments and your humor!

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author avatar vpaulose
1st Mar 2011 (#)

Useful article KittyK. Thank you a lot for your encouraging comments on my articles.
Paulose

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author avatar Twin Palms
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Many thanks for your nice words.

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author avatar Sinbad the SailorMan
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

KittyK I'd say you have nailed it. Great write by the way you are using this sites information well. Kitty Always include your sites as well. Until they are commonly known and link to you. Say this write was written at wikinut so you write for another site maybe Hubpages or Triond include the wikinut one There, but include the other site or sites Here or your Home page as a tag on your site or where you are read the most. As a tag, when used over and over will pull your like content from all your content and from all the Search Engines associations about You. I see you Have your wikinut Nick name as a tag that should be in every one of your writes that you want associated with you and wikinut, develop a pen name and use it as well and a catch phrase or a popular phrase, specific phrases to you and your writes and sites or an aberration or Logo. These are the devices that will give you a natural Branding, But it needs to be yours and no one else's it can be close to those others, but it has to be yours completely. Nice job Kitty Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man
I no longer suggest Females or family men use their Real Names as tags our world is full of to many nasty people. But if you are secure and alone or very popular already or become so. By all means use your name, but do so knowing you will no longer be a private person. Some one will always be watching you. So be Careful or be Bold, But always be aware of whatever is not a common occurrence with Fans and Trolls.

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author avatar Twin Palms
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

The suggestions you provided are terrific. I appreciate you taking the time to give me some tips. We all need to protect our identity, so thanks for adding that as well.

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author avatar Sinbad the SailorMan
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

KittyK, You are very Welcome, One is happy to relate what one has seen and been made aware of. Pen Names and such are one way to protect one's identity even long ago Mark Twain and Samuel Langhome, Clemens were very aware of ones Identity and the risk involved for some writers, poets, and dreamers especially when writing about Politics, change , Religions, and such Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

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author avatar Blossom S
19th Mar 2011 (#)

I love lemon. I think it can help me losing weight. xxx

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author avatar Twin Palms
19th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Blossom S; I think it CAN help people lose weight - wishing you success in that endeavor.

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