Lemon Definition

He lemon It is a citrus fruit, characterized by a strong acid flavor, it has a spherical shape and is covered by a thick, smooth, intense green shell, its interior is yellow, where the juice is distributed inside small vesicles that they are grouped forming segments similar to those of oranges.

This fruit is native to China, from there it went to Iran, being the Arabs who introduced it to the Mediterranean countries from where it was later brought to America. At present the main producing country of this fruit is Mexico.

Nutrients present in lemon

This fruit is rich in water and fiber, contains high concentrations of citric acid and vitamin C, in addition to this it also contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, vitamin E, folic acid and B complex vitamins.

Lemon has a powerful antioxidant effect

Its high content of vitamin C makes lemon have a powerful antioxidant effect, being able to eliminate free radicals, substances related to aging, it also favors the processes of tissue regeneration and wound healing.

Another benefit of its citric acid and vitamin C content is that it makes it effective in combating viral infectious processes, also helping to alleviate cold symptoms. Its antiseptic effect is carried out mainly on germs that affect the throat, pharynx and digestive tract.

Lemon also has an astringent power at the intestinal level, which makes it a food that helps combat episodes of diarrhea. It is also capable of stabilizing the pH or acidity of the stomach thanks to the acidity buffering effect of citric acid by converting to its citrate ion. This has led many people to mistakenly think that lemon is alkaline.

Lemon has many uses in the kitchen.

The form in which lemon is most commonly consumed is in juice, the most popular being lemonade, it can also be mixed with other fruits to enhance the flavor of drinks.
Lemon is also part of various cocktails made with alcoholic beverages such as sangria, cuba libre and mojito among many others.

In the case of salads, lemon is used as a dressing, especially in Arab cuisine, and is also a substitute for vinegar in vinaigrettes. It is also widely used in dishes made with fish and shellfish.

In confectionery, the lemon peel is widely used to give aroma and flavor to various sweets and cakes, lemon juice is used to prepare delicious desserts such as Lemon Pie, it is even used to make jams and jellies.

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