Citrus lemons: sour, but sweet for your health

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The lemon is a familiar enough fruit to most of us. But perhaps it is not common knowledge that, like other citrus fruits, it is a member of the larger Rutaceae family. Though most know that lemons are among the fruits richest in vitamin C, this is by no means the end of the story.

Its vitamin content makes the lemon a useful tonic. It can help protect against minor ills, particularly against infections in the winter and spring. And lemon juice does a lot more good than any confectionery that anyone might fancy.

The flavonoids found in lemon peel are also rich in vitamin P. Lemons are not only good for muscle tone and general health, they are also very useful for their effect on the capillaries and major blood vessels. All parts of the lemon are beneficial – the pulp and the zest. When consumed warm and sweetened with honey, lemon juice is also excellent for the throat and chest. It can also be used in cooking: preserved lemon peel is both delicious and healthy, i.e., in Moroccan-style tagine or a French ratatouille.

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