FAQs about Lemons

What is the nutritional value of lemons?

Lemons are very low-calorie fruit, and an average-sized lemon contains just 17 calories. Lemons are also a good source of vitamin C. One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is half your daily requirement.

What are the health benefits of lemons?

  • Lemons are one of the most alkaline-forming foods and can help to balance the body’s pH.
  • Squeezing lemon juice over foods that are rich in iron, such as spinach or chickpeas, helps your body to absorb the iron, preventing anaemia.
  • Squeezing lemon juice into a glass of hot water with a spoonful of honey can help relieve the symptoms of a cough or cold.
  • Lemon juice and lemon peels are a famous, low-calorie way to flavour drinks and food.
  • The vitamin C in lemons may help boost the immune systems of very active people.

How do you choose lemons?

Lemons should be heavy for their size and have smooth, thin and firm skin. Avoid lemons with spongy, wrinkled, hard, or bumpy skin, as they’re bound to have less juice. The juiciest lemons will give a little when you squeeze them with your thumb. Fully yellow lemons are less acidic than light yellow or greenish ones.

How should you store lemons?

Lemons can stay fresh at room temperature for up to two weeks. However, to keep them fresh and juicy for up to four weeks, the best way to store them is in a zipper-lock bag in the fridge.

What’s the best way to squeeze a lemon?

You don’t need any fancy equipment to squeeze lemon juice. For seedless lemon juice, simply cut wedges from around the middle of the lemon, as if you were slicing around an apple core. All the seeds will be left in the lemon’s centre, and you can use the wedges to squeeze over food or into water. To get the most juice out of a lemon, cut it in half lengthwise, insert a fork into one of the cut halves, and rotate the fork and lemon in opposite directions.

Where are Outspan lemons grown?

Outspan’s lemons are grown in Egypt, Chile and South Africa, where the warm climate and sunny days are optimal for lemons to grow and ripen naturally.

Where do lemons come from originally?

Nobody quite knows the origin of the lemon, but reports indicate that they first grew in India, northern Burma and China, making their way to southern Italy during the time of Ancient Rome. Around AD700 they were introduced to Persia, and then to Iraq and Egypt. The first substantial lemon farming in Europe was started in Genoa in the mid-1400s, and Christopher Columbus took lemon seeds to the Americas in 1493.