A natural cross between limes and citrons, the plant-derived lemons is one of America’s widely consumed tropical fruits and has been a major food crop in Florida ever since the 16th century. These bright yellow and thin-skinned are famously used to refresh and enhance the taste of cold water or hot teas. (1)
It should be no surprise that this simple fruit earns great popularity among many people from various cultures, but did you know you could actually freeze lemons?
Waste no lemon!
One of the most convenient ways to include more vitamin C into your diet is to eat more lemons. When flavoring up water, it can help with the body’s pH levels and aid in digestion. Others have used lemons to enhance dressings or certain food dishes to give it a good tang. For such a simple and cheap fruit, a little goes a long ways and as it turns out it’s incredibly versatile as well!
I thought I was out of my mind until I came across freezing lemons in its whole raw form. No slicing, no peeling, or no squeezing the juice out. What?
The next time you need for lemons, buy organic lemons. Wash it and simply throw it in the freezer. Whenever you are in need of this amazing fruit, just grab a frozen one out of the freezer and start grating away, the peel and everything else! (2)
Use it to sprinkle onto your salads, soups, sauces, ice cream, water, juicing, cupcakes, muffins, or whatever else you can think of. There are virtually no restrictions and your taste buds may experience this taste-test on a whole new level! (1,2,3)
Why in the world would you do this?
Racking up at 187% of the vitamin C provision making it an amazing choice to fight infections. (1) Not only that, but the lemon peel itself contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself and can also help the body to rid of toxins. (2,3) Unfortunately, for many people, the peel is often discarded leaving you with largely wasted piece of fruit.
Lemons have been known to kill cancer cells. In fact, it’s been allegedly reported that it’s 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy! And the good news is that the taste of lemons is pleasant and does not deliver the synthetic and horrific effects of chemotherapy. (3)
Lemons are naturally lower in sugar and have the ability to dissolve kidney stones, provide as a natural antioxidant for the skin, eyes, and mucus membranes. (1) Additionally, several studies show that it has a remarkable effect on cysts, tumors, and many types of cancers. (4,5)
The health benefit doesn’t end here.
Surprisingly, lemons also have the ability to fight against bacterial infections and fungi due to its anti-microbial effects. It’s effective against internal parasites and worms. It regulates blood pressure, acts as an anti-depressant, provides vomiting and nausea relief, and helps fight against stress and nervous disorders. (2,3,4)
If you have not begun this practice of freezing lemons, hopefully from now on you will! The benefits are never ending and include all of the fruit! No kidding… put it virtually on everything you eat!
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