There is hardly anyone who does not enjoy a glass of cold lemon juice on a hot summer’s day. Not only is it an amazingly refreshing drink but also has amazing nutritional properties. Lemons are a staple citrus fruit, commonly used for drinks, garnish, and many other purposes.
Citrus-rich fruits have been cultivated in and around Southeast Asia and Southern China for more than 4000 years. A rich source of vitamin C, lemons entered Europe around the 2nd Century AD, but they were not widely cultivated there. Nearly a thousand years later, after Christopher Columbus traveled to America, he bought lemons back with himself to Hispaniola. The fruit was an instant hit among the people due to its versatile use as well as easy cultivation.
In the late 19th century, lemons were planted in Florida as well as California. Since then, the cultivation of lemons has seen an exponential rise and quickly traveled around the globe.
Read here to know 10 fun facts about lemons
Lemon trees can produce up to 600 pounds a year and can grow up to 20 feet tall.
The name ‘Lemon’ has been derived from the Asian word which translates into ‘sour fruit’.
The trees of lemon are evergreen as it produces fruit all year long and does not have seasonal changes.
China, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina are the top 5 producers of Lemon in the world.
Lemon trees can amazingly survive for more than 100 years but it stops producing fruit after 50 years.
There is an average of 5%-6% of citric acid inside a single lemon.
In early times, lemons used to be so rare that wealthy people used to present lemons to each other.
Lemons possess some valuable minerals such as potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
Lemons are famous for their anti-cancer compounds which may kill cancer cells.
Because lemons are high in Vitamin C, they can prevent the disease scurvy which was common among the sailors. Even today, some navies carry large quantities of lemons with them to prevent the crew from Scurvy.