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Lemons are native to tropical Asia, and spread to the New World by the Spaniards. Today, most of the world's lemons are produced in Southern California and in Italy. In 1870, Californian C.R. Workman used a Sicilian lemon seed to create a variety called the Eureka. Today the Eureka is prolific, as well as the Lisbon variety.

A single lemon tree has been known to produce 3,000 lemons a year.

The best lemons are oily and heavy for their size, meaning they are full of juice. Select lemons of a deep yellow color, that show no signs of bruises.

Beneficial Effects

Rich in alkaline elements, lemon juice is a great source of Vitamin C. Remember, this vitamin evaporates when exposed to air and light. Lemons are high in potassium, as well as vitamin B1 and vitamin G.

Lemons and limes contain 5 to 6 percent citric acid, compared to oranges which contain only 1 to 1.5 percent. Other examples of acid fruits include cranberries, loganberries, pineapples, pomegranates, strawberries and tamarinds. Lemons are great for detoxifying the body, but the citric acid will stir up inactive acids and toxins in the body.

Lemon drinks help in eliminating impurities, for example in the liver.

According to homeopathic writers, lemons and lemon juice are very effective in cases of influenza. Consider mixing lemon juice with a glass of hot water, or juice a lemon with apples for a healthy lemonade.

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