Lemons are scientifically known as Citrus limon, belonging to the Rutaceae (citrus) family. Lemons have a yellow, textured outer peel, and like other citrus fruits, their inner flesh is encased in segments. While most lemons are tart, acidic and astringent, they are also surprisingly refreshing.
Lemons are a versatile staple for every kitchen, ready to be used in your next dessert, salad dressing, or to finish off any meal. Zest into pasta, squeeze the juice into water, or preserve your lemons to add a wonderful flavour to your cooking.
Lemons, like most citrus fruits, are an excellent sources of vitamin C – essential for immune function.
Lemons keep well at room temperature, away from exposure to sunlight, for about one week. If you aren’t planning to use your lemons that soon, you can store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge, where they should keep for many weeks.
Lemon juice can also be frozen and stored for later use. Squeeze lemon juice in ice cube trays, and place in freezer until frozen, then pop out of ice cube moulds and store in containers or bags in the freezer.