History, Trivia and Interesting Lemon Facts:
- Fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips during the European Renaissance.
- The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia (as well as the fruit that grows on the tree).
- The lemon is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley (a Bronze Age civilization in South Asia) because of a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC found by archaeologists in the area.
- Lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first century AD.
- Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. One tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
- Once upon a time lemons were presented as gifts to kings because they were so rare.
- California and Arizona produce 95 percent of the entire U.S. lemon crop.
- Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
- Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart.
|See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:
Lemon (Citrus limon), fresh, without peel
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.30 g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.80 g||7%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.190 mg||4%|
|Vitamin C||53 mg||88%|
|Vitamin A||22 IU||1%|
|Vitamin E||0.15 mg||1%|
|Vitamin K||0 µg||0%|
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