LEMONS: THE OTHER CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
The sun-loving superpowers of lemons know no boundaries of health and cleanliness. The fantastic fruit is antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting, not to mention bright and pleasing to the eye. But did you know that luscious lemons are also a quintessential cornerstone of Californian history?
California is the largest supplier of lemons in the US, producing over 92 %
Like a silent sister to the great California Gold Rush, commercial cultivation of lemons blossomed in California in the 1800s. Nowadays, California produces more lemons than all of Europe.
Citrus has been grown in the San Joaquin Valley for over 100 years and is now a $2 billion industry.
As the demand for California citrus grew, along with the state’s citrus acreage, citrus quickly became the economic base for the Golden State. The citrus boom spurred California’s “second” Gold Rush—only the new gold also included lemons and oranges.
Resource via: CA Citrus Mutual
THE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMONS
By now, we now know that lemons boast an incredibly impressive list of health benefits.
They are a great source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium, minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of our hair, skin and nails.
Countless homeopathic and natural remedies are dedicated to lemons and their laundry list of uses; including boosting your laundry detergent!
California Lemons Have Superpowers
Lemons Provides the Free Radical Fighting Antioxidant Vitamin C
Not just prevalent in oranges, the vitamin C in lemons helps keep skin even-toned and wrinkle-free.
Vitamin C Also Helps Boost the Immune System
Not just for kids chewable vitamins, the vitamin C in lemons helps to keep the flu and colds at bay.
Lemons Helps the Liver to Dump Toxins
By stimulating its natural enzymes, lemons aide in the detoxification of the liver. This promotes good health and helps keep the skin clear.
California Lemons are a Good Source of Electrolytes
Lemons contain powerful electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium; which help hydrate the body and regulate its functioning.
Lemons are Rich in Flavonoids
Flavonoids not only help boost the potency of vitamin C, they improve blood flow, helping to maintain normal blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
Lemons Help to Balance Your PH Level
Though acidic to the taste, lemons are alkaline-forming on the body.
Citric Acid in Lemons Eliminates Calcium Deposits in the Arteries
This is true for the all-important heart arteries as well as pancreatic and kidney stones.
Lemons are Weight Loss Helpers
Lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. California lemons contain many helpful substances such as: citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene – all that promote immunity and fight infection.
California Lemons are Packed with Potassium
Nutritionally, the lemon constitutes one of nature’s seven top sources of potassium, a mineral that promotes clear thinking, aids in normalizing blood pressure, and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance.
Lemons are Cancer-Fighters
Lemons contain modified citrus pectin and limonoids, which have been shown in a recent study to prohibit the spread of cancer cells, slow cancer cell growth and induce cancer cell death.
Lemon Fun Facts
- Surprise: lemons are technically berries! As are oranges, watermelons and tomatoes.
- The lemon tree is considered an evergreen!
- Initially, lemons were not widely cultivated as food but instead were largely praised as an ornamental plant, much like a Christmas tree.
- The Meyer lemon is actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin.
- For over two decades, the super fruit has been shining in the spotlight at the California Lemon Festival.
- Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year-round. Each tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons per year.
- The average lemon holds about three tablespoons of juice.
- During the fifteenth century, sailors consumed lemons to fight off scurvy. The English mandated that all warships and trade vessels provide the fruit, leading to the sailors’ nickname: “limeys”.
- Sprinkling lemon juice on sliced apples, avocados and bananas will help keep them from oxidizing and turning brown.
- The average lemon has about eight seeds.
- Lemons stay fresh at room temperature, away from sunlight, for about one week. In the refrigerator crisper, they can keep for about a month.