Load up on lemons this month! This tangy citrus fruit is bursting with antioxidant vitamin C, which preserves and heals the body’s tissues.
As a rich source of phytochemicals — plant compounds that help combat age-related damage and chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer — lemons are a valuable and versatile part of any eating plan!
Pick the best
Choose firm, plump, brightly coloured tart Eureka, tangy Lisbon or sweet Meyer lemons. Ripe lemon peel gives off a fresh citrus aroma when you rub it. Fruit should feel heavy for its size and be free from wrinkles, bruises and brown spots. Lemons keep for a week at room temperature, and for up to two weeks in the fridge. Freeze lemon-juice ice cubes, and they’ll retain their flavour for up to three months!
Capture the zing!
Toast the season: Give winter the cold shoulder with this soothing drink – add a sliced lemon and 2 cinnamon sticks to a large pot of black tea. Leave to steep for five minutes and sweeten with honey, if desired.
Dress to kill: Dress steamed green vegies, such as broccoli, beans and peas, with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of finely chopped mint and 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest. Sprinkle vegies with toasted flaked almonds and serve.
Balance big flavours: Lemons are a perfect foil for rich flavours. Add the juice and zest of a large lemon to a basic risotto recipe for a tangy dish to serve with fish.
Did you know? A splash of lemon juice lowers your meal’s glycaemic index, helping you feel satisfied and giving you sustained energy!