When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

I have always loved lemons — their scent is so fresh and clean, and their colour is so pretty — cheerful and bright!

Lemons are a citrus fruit similar to limes, but usually larger, with a clean, refreshing scent and a very tart flavour. A lemon tree can produce between 1,000 and 2,000 fruits per year. There are several types of lemons grown in the US, including Belair, Eureka, Genoa, Lisbon, Sicily and Villafranca.

All parts of the lemon can be used, however, the white pulp is usually discarded. Lemons are used in cooking, baking, cleaning and deodorizing. Other uses include beauty and health aids, such as hair lightening and cold remedies. Below is a list of things you can do with a lemon!

Six Ways to Use a Lemon (and one extra)

Lemon Water
Wash and cut up some lemons (as many as you like).  Add the lemon pieces to a tall glass, or a pitcher. Fill with water. Enjoy!  Lemons are  high in vitamin C which is helpful for fighting colds and flu. Who hasn’t had hot honey and lemon drinks made by their moms when they were sick? Besides, lemon water is delicious!

Dried Lemon Powder
Use a vegetable peeler to make lemon “curls”. Dry the curls for 2 or 3 days on a plate, then grind in a food processor and use in place of fresh lemon zest. Store in an airtight container.

Flavour Up Your Tea
Squeezing a little lemon juice in a cup of tea enhances the flavour of the tea

Make Lemon Ice Cubes
Squeeze lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Use in place of ice cubes or use in place of fresh lemon juice in recipes.

Whiten Clothes
Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and water to a small load of clothes and let soak for a while for a mild bleach alternative.

Clean a Wooden Cutting Board
Sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and then scrub vigorously with a half a lemon. This will clean out all the nicks and grooves in the board and the lemon is anti-bacterial and a natural sanitizer.

…or just put some lemons in a bowl and display on a table for a simple yet beautiful visual that will brighten up any room



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