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All about the Wonder Fruit – Lemon

by Purnima Ramakrishnan
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What comes to mind when you read the title? Lemons pickles? Lemonade? Lemon rice? Lemon pie? Lemon marmalade? These are just a few things I could think of. Benefits%20of%20Lemon - All about the Wonder Fruit - Lemon

Lemons are the richest source of Vitamin C. Apart from that; it is also high in Vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoid, a composite that holds antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, and is used in skin care, hair care, dental care, indigestion and is used to relieve many other health problems.

Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immunity system and cleanses your stomach. It is not only a blood purifier but also enables body to fight diseases. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is useful for treating kidney stones, curing heart strokes and reducing the body temperature. Lemon provides human guard against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis.

 

I am sure all this nutritional information is enough motivation for you to keep those few lemons at hand always. We can move on to the best part of the article; time to tickle your taste buds.

 

The first thing in the morning, have a glass of lemon juice with honey in it. Notice how you shed those extra kilos. It is the greatest and cheapest cholesterol buster, for lazy people like me 😉

 

If you are an avid tea drinker, and would like your morning cuppa with some zest in it, lemon tea is the best.

 

Whipping up lemon rice is the easiest dish which can be used as a breakfast and even as a lunch. Not many rice items can be used for both meals of the day. Check out the recipe here. For people who do not prefer rice for breakfast, check out lemon sevai’s recipe here.  And for kids like mine who are picky eaters and who try everything with their moms to skip breakfast, try lemon noodles. You will never have a kid who skipped breakfast.

 

If you love ethnic South Indian lunch, you cannot have enough of lemon rasam with tomatoes floating in it.

 

At mid day, a glass of chilled lemon lassi would do wonders by chilling your heated body and calming your mind.

 

Try a slice of lemon soufflé to go with your usual evening snacks. It would taste heavenly. This could also be chilled and served as dessert on Valentine’s night.

 

Lemon pickles can be used as side dish for almost anything from chapathis, curd rice, bajjis and for tangy lovers like me, eaten from the jar just like that. There is a variation in its preparation here. I personally tried the second recipe and loved it.

 

The ancient Indians and Irish thought Lemon barley water made one strong. Today people think it is a refreshing and tasty drink.

 

You could squeeze half a lemon’s juice in most of the cooked vegetables. It is a great nourishment.

 

A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but sometimes, just a filled tummy is not sufficient. Should I ask you to try exotic but simple to prepare desserts like Chilled Lemon pie, Lemon cake, Lemon sponge cake?

 

Did someone say, keep the best for the last? Well, I do not know your best, so better than the best goes here. Check out all the lemon recipes from your favourite site here.

 

And now do you still have some lemons at hand? Need to remove that tan from yesterday’s shopping spree? Rub it all over on your skin. And then rub it on your feet and see your feet glow. Apply half a lemon’s juice to unclog those pores from your face. Rinse your shampooed hair with the juice of two lemons to get that shiny glow without a chop purchased conditioner.

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11 comments

Sharavanan S April 21, 2011 - 11:02 pm

Good one. Lemon is also used to avoid getting common cold.

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Purnima April 26, 2011 - 1:25 am

Thanks Sharavanan. Yes, you are right. The rich Vitamin C content in lemon prevents viral diseases too.

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Basheer April 21, 2011 - 1:48 pm

A different use. Have you heard of lemon battery? Eventhough it is not a food subject, it is a school project for many primary school goers…

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molly April 20, 2011 - 3:30 am

very informative and interesting! thank u very much. i will try the lemon honey short cut to shed my extra pounds…i am also a lazy lady.

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Purnima April 21, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Yes Alaknanda, this hot summer, be sure to keep yourself well hydrated.

We also think you would find the article, “http://www.awesomecuisine.com/foodguide/52/Summer-Thirst-Quenchers.html” informative to quench your thirst this summer.

Stay tuned for the next blog post.

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Purnima April 21, 2011 - 11:23 pm

Molly, dont you worry, shedding extra pounds through a careful diet is a cake walk actually. Please let us know if you need more information on a good diet plan.

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alaknanda March 27, 2011 - 10:54 pm

wonderful information these are definately going help in this hot summer

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jaya rao March 25, 2011 - 11:39 am

wonderful.im going 2 try this from 2day itself .thanks.

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Purnima April 21, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Thanks Jaya.
We value your feedback and are happy that you find our articles informative.

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Sanjeev Verma March 25, 2011 - 3:22 am

I already loved lemon and now I do even more.

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Purnima April 21, 2011 - 11:16 pm

Sanjeev,
I am sure you have tried most of these. If so, let us know how well you liked them.
Thanks and keep visiting our website often for the latest updates.

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