Lemons are a staple in Aussie cooking and a must for every Market shopping list. They bring flavour and depth to a variety of dishes and can even transform plain drinking water into an elevated experience. Lemons are in season right now, so we’ve put together some information and ideas for Market lemons.
Benefits of Lemons
First, let’s talk about the multitude of benefits this zesty citrus fruit has to offer.
Lemons are packed with all the good stuff; vitamin C, fibre, and other beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. They are high in heart-healthy vitamin C and contain 51% of the recommended daily intake in one serving.
Lemons have long been promoted as a health food, with research showing that it is the plant compounds in lemon extract that can help aid weight loss. The main fibre found in lemons is pectin, which expands in your stomach, helping you feel fuller for longer.
Citric acid found in this juicy fruit can help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine PH, and can also reduce anemia, by improving the absorption of iron from plant foods. In addition to this, lemons can reduce your risk of cancer, aid digestion, and lower blood sugar levels.
(Health information sourced from Healthline.com)
Ways with Lemons
The tangy taste of lemons pairs beautifully with both sweet and savoury dishes, making the list of recipes you can make with this flavourful fruit quite lengthy.
Lemons bring both sweetness and tartness to baking, from muffins to cakes, loaves to biscuits, there are endless ways to enjoy them. Try baking a lemon drizzle cake, lemon coconut biscuits or a fresh lemon loaf with your Market lemons this spring.
If you fancy something extra sweet and creamy, then the classic lemon tart is a dinner party must. You can add your own twist to it by adding thyme or pairing with a meringue ice-cream to really impress your friends and family.
Lemon preserves well, so you should have a go at making your very own lemon curd or marmalade to store in your pantry. Or create a salad vinaigrette using lemon instead of buying one - it’s cheaper and healthier!
It’s important to stay hydrated and adding a slice of lemon to your H20, especially hot water, not only makes your water taste better but can aid digestion. And to cool off this spring why not mix up your very own homemade lemonade? Or swap your Golden Gaytime for an icy lemon gelato for a real refreshing treat.
Who could forget the classic combination? Lemon and chicken are a match made in heaven. Rub plenty of lemon and garlic onto your chicken, grill on the BBQ, and feast with the family over the weekend.
How to Make the Most of Leftover Lemons
If you happen to have leftover lemons and don’t want to throw them out, there are many ways you can squeeze every last drop out of this vibrant fruit. Here are some ideas to start using your leftover lemons to their full potential.
- Lemons are great for cleaning stubborn appliances like the microwave. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon, add to a cup of water, and pop in the microwave for 5 minutes. A quick wipe is all it will need.
- Whiten your clothes and fabrics by simply adding 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to your wash.
- With summer on the way, lemons can help with sunburn. Rub half a lemon on the burnt area and you’ll feel instantly soothed.
- Banish greasy hair by using 2 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with water after conditioning.
- Sanitise your cutting board by running half a juiced lemon over it after washing. It will also help fade any stains.
Market Lemon Recipes
We have plenty of recipes using lemons on our website, so we have rounded up some of our favourites below to give you a few more ideas for Market lemons.