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BRIEF HISTORY, PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS OF LEMON

Trust us, everything you think you know about lemon is not enough.

 

Yes, because the properties and benefits of lemon are truly amazing! It is no coincidence that the Romans, who already knew the lemons (as shown by some frescoes found in Pompeii), considered them "a luxury item". The origins of the lemon are uncertain, but it is assumed that the first trees were cultivated in the Far East, and that their diffusion in the Mediterranean as a food product goes back to more modern times. Only in the tenth century in Italy it began to grow lemons: the first European cultivation is linked to Sicily. It goes back a few years ago, however, the exceptional discovery of the oldest in the Mediterranean lemon (of A.D. 14) in an excavation of the Roman Forum, which brought to light the Mamertine Prison, the legendary prison of Pontius and the apostles Peter and Paul according to Christian hagiography.

 

Today, as then, the lemon is appreciated and exploited for the presence of Vitamin C: just think that in ancient Greece this fruit was "prescribed" as an antidote to poisons, and that all the great medical manuals have talked about it, recognizing its effectiveness against inflammation and influence. It is said that the Roman emperor Nero was obsessed with the idea of being poisoned and that, because of this fear, he would stock up on lemons.

 

THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD LEMON

Those who speak lemon speak Persian. From the Arabic term pronounced "l? M?" Comes the word "lemon", which used to indicate all citrus fruit in a generic way.

 

WHY THE LEMON IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

Lemons are an excellent ally of the immune system thanks to the presence of Vitamin C and the abundance of antioxidants, which counteract cholesterol. This fruit also lowers the levels of antihistamine because it reinforces, in fact, the immune defenses and promotes the blood circulation of the minor vessels, hindering the vasodilatation, typical of those who suffer from allergies. The natural citric acid contained in lemons, on the other hand, acts as an alkylating agent reducing the acidity of the stomach. In addition to Vitamin C, the lemon is also rich in Vitamin B, important for slowing nervous tension and preventing skin aging. Do you feel stressed, not very fit and always tired? Try putting lemon in your diet!

 

 

A GLASS OF WATER AND LEMON A DAY

Lemons contain very few sugars and a very low percentage of calories (twenty calories per hundred grams of lemons). For this reason too, many follow the so-called "lemon diet", which consists in combining a diet rich in vegetables and non-fat condiments two glasses of water and lemon, one as soon as awake and one late in the evening, before to go to sleep. Those who have tried it have had excellent results, but why?

 

What are the benefits of water and lemon on the body? The testimonies are surprising: some have immediately reported having a brighter and younger skin (a big advantage of Vitamin C!), others have continued to use this drink regularly, because they can promote digestion and intestinal stability. The energizing effect is not far behind: the lemon, moreover, is a great source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus (which favors concentration) and magnesium. A drink with water and lemon is also an excellent solution against halitosis and is suitable for those who want a flat and flat belly. You just have to try!

 

THE LEMON IS A NATURAL REMEDY AGAINST INSONNIA

It seems incredible, but it is a scientifically proven reality: lemon helps you sleep better. A glass of warm water and lemon peel before going to sleep can have surprising effects and can help you overcome study and stress insomnia, thanks to the presence in the fruit of vitamin C, which acts by stimulating the production of serotonin (the so-called hormone of good humor) and hydrating the body, giving a natural feeling of well-being and relaxation.

 

TRY LEMON WITH GINGER!

Ginger and lemon should never be missing in the kitchen. The combination of the two flavors (sour and pungent) is unmissable, especially if associated with fresh drinks or as a seasoning for salads. Water, lemon and ginger are the perfect ingredients for a solution that can help the metabolism, stimulate weight loss and alleviate the effects of headaches, colds and flu.

 

WHERE DO LEMONS GROW?

Italy is "the land of lemons in bloom", as the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called it, but it is the cultivation of the South that has an absolute primacy on the market: for example, the production of the Siracusa Igp lemon is around 5,500 tons (a quarter of Italian production) only for the first four months of the 2017/2018 collection. Just in Italy there are six types of lemons with IGP recognition, including the aforementioned Limone di Siracusa, the Lemon di Messina, the Limone Costa dAmalfi, the Lemon di Sorrento, that of Rocca Imperiale and finally the Limone Femminello del Gargano, considered the oldest lemon in Italy. An exceptional tree, which owes its name to its ability to flourish five times a year.

 

LEMONS AND ART

Unlike many other fruits, the lemon tree always blooms during every season. And it is precisely because of this consistency that in the past, especially in the symbolism of art, lemons have represented love fidelity. Manet, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso are just some of the artists who have created masterpieces inspired by this fruit.

 

LEMON VS LIME

Despite being very similar, lemon and lime should not be confused. First of all, they are different in appearance and flavor: the lemon is large, yellow and sweeter, while the lime is smaller, tends to green and has a higher acidity. The real difference, however, lies in the contribution of vitamin C.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE CAVIAR OF LEMON?

In 2014, chef Carlo Cracco invented and launched the "lemon caviar" crisps, finger lime, a product hitherto unknown to non-professionals. But what is finger lime?

 

The original, which looks like a caviar itself, grows in the subtropical coastal area of Australia. In recent years it has become trendy and is loved by chefs because it is capable of enriching high-quality and refined dishes. A real treat! Italy began to cultivate it so recently, including the creation of a Consortium of the Finger Lime protection involving growers in Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Lazio. Try it in the kitchen combined with fish, maybe on a good and fresh octopus salad or bruschetta with salmon. You can not do without it!

 

It's time to start experimenting with all the benefits of lemon!

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