: In Season: Lemons
By Michael T. Murray, ND
Although often thought of as sour, lemons actually are available in sweet varieties such as the Meyer lemon. Lemon trees are unique as they flower year-round, allowing the tree to produce fruit during any season. Lemons became extremely popular in the 1890s when physicians discovered citrus fruit's ability to help prevent scurvy, caused by a deficiency in vitamin C. Today lemons are a staple in kitchens worldwide.
- Lemons are a major source of vitamin C.
- They also contain Vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and a phytochemical called limonene.
- Two medium-sized lemons only contain approximately 29 calories
- Limonene found in lemons can be used to help dissolve gallstones
- Studies are being conducted that show lemons having anticancer properties
Lemons are often considered a cooking essential and valued for their pleasant acidity. As an extremely versatile member of the citrus family, lemons can lend their flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. Did you also know that lemons can act as a great salt substitute? Why not make a lemon vinaigrette to liven up a salad or even as a light, low-calorie pasta sauce?
Dr. Michael T. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine and the author of more than 30 bestselling books, including The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
He is a graduate and former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents, of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Please click here to take a quiz and find out your #1 Blood Sugar Challenge.