It’s time for Food Fact Friday! In honor of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day yesterday and Orange & Lemon Day tomorrow, we are picking up some facts about the tart citrus fruit named Lemon.
- Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year round
- A lemon tree can produce 500 to 600 pounds of lemons a year (now that’s a lot of lemonade!)
- Back in the day, Kings used Lemons as gifts to other Kings because they were so rare
- Lemons originate from the foothills of Kashmir
- Varieties of lemons include Eureka, Sorrento, Ponderosa, Verna, Yuzu and Bonnie Brae which is mostly grown in San Diego County (my hometown!)
- Lemons have some great household uses. Squeeze the juice of a lemon in 2 cups of water and microwave for 5-10 minutes, then wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth. Your microwave will be fresh and clean! Don’t throw the juiced lemon shells in the trash, run it through the garage disposal and your sink will smell lemon fresh!
- California and Arizona produce 95% of the lemon crop in the United States
- Lemons have been featured in many famous art pieces; “Lemons and a teacup” by Renoir, “Still Life with Lemons on a Plate” by van Gogh, and in “The Virgin and the Child, Saint John the Baptist, and the Angel” by Paolo Morando, Jesus is offered a lemon.
- Many refreshing beverages include lemons; Lemon Drop, Long Island Ice Tea, Tom Collins, and the John Daly (to name a few)
I think it is Cocktail Time … a least somewhere it is! Have a great weekend!