Citrus Fun Facts

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by Kathleen Rule

KMOV.com

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 20 at 5:27 PM

Citrus Fun Facts   

Next to salt and pepper, lemons and limes are commonly used flavor enhancers. Using the juice cuts down on the amount of salt needed.

95% of lemons are grown in Arizona and California. Limes also grow in Florida and Texas
Maximum juice:  roll lemon or lime on your counter before slicing or heat in the microwave for 10 seconds.

1 medium lemon = @ 3 tablespoons juice
1 lime = @ 2 tablespoons juice

Buttermilk substitute: For  1 cup buttermilk use  1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice or  vinegar

Storage: store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator
Freeze: the juice freezes well in small cups or ice cube trays

Prevent browning: Add lemon or lime juice to prevent apples, avocados, turnips and other fruits and vegetables from turning brown

Nutrition:  Lemons  and limes add acid which heightens other flavors, they are full of folate, fiber potassium and Vitamin C. In the 18th century sailors used lemons and limes to prevent and treat scurvy.

Shopping:   Most lemons are medium sized, choose bright yellow color.  Smaller lemons yield more juice

Most lemons are grown in California and Arizona

Lime juice can be used in place of lemon juice in most recipes. Limes have a higher acidic level, providing a slightly sharper taste.

Both lemons and limes provide fresh flavors for both sweet and savory dishes. They can be commonly used for marinades, helps tenderize tough cuts of meat. 

Hand Care: rub juice to remove odors, softens cuticles, whitens fingernails.

Brighten Hair
Lemon juice can speed up the natural blond highlights blond hair gets from sunshine when left in, but it can also brighten and re-fresh all hair, removing product build-up. Mix 1 part lemon juice with 4 parts water, rinse hair with lemon water and then rinse clean with clear water.

Clean Copper
Make a paste with lemon juice and salt and rub all over copper item. Scrub with a rough cloth or cut lemon half until tarnish is completely removed. Rinse and dry.

Clean Cutting Boards  The best way to clean cutting boards - plastic or wood - is to rub them with a cut lemon half. For stubborn stains (strawberries, beets) or caked-on bits, use some coarse salt to help scrub the board clean. Rinse well and dry

Clean Garbage Disposal
Running juiced lemon shells or any peel through the garbage disposal will freshen and deodorize it.

Clean Glass
Rub glass with a cut lemon or soak in lemon juice and water to add sparkle back to dull glass. This is especially effective with cloudy coffee pots, pitchers, or decanters

Stinky hands from handling fish, onions, or chemicals? Greasy from meats or hands-on cooking tasks? Rub your hands with a lemon wedge to remove the odor. Bonus: Lemon juice will smooth and soften your skin in the process

 

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