Lemons, Lemons and more Lemons
Lemons are so versatile. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and other health-promoting nutrients, lemons are available throughout the year but summer is their peak season. Eat them in slices, drink lemon juice water, make fresh lemonade, garnish food particularly fish, caramelise their peels, and use their juice and peels in cooking. All this, and they are great for cleaning too!
The flavour of lemon and seafood complement each other. The subtle but distinct flavour of cooked fish and shellfish is enriched by fresh lemon juice – but this must be in moderation. The tart, sweet and fresh taste adds a crisp, clean flavour which enhances other ingredients. On the flipside, some fish flavours are very strong and lemon juice can reduce their intensity.
Keep Veg from Turning Brown
Preserve avocados or cooked cauliflower or any light coloured vegetable by squeezing lemon juice on them to stop them turning brown.
Source of Vitamin C
While lemons aren’t top the list of citrus fruits high in vitamin C, which is a primary antioxidant, they’re still a good source. Consumption of lemon juice can help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure. Vitamin C can also help prevent or limit the effects and duration of colds in some people as their immune system has been boosted by the vitamin.
Source of Folic Acid
Lemons (and Limes) are a great source of Folic acid. This helps the body produce and maintain new cells. The production of red blood cells is dependent on Folic Acid so adequate levels must be conserved or any deficiency could lead to anaemia. There is also evidence that it can help cells to resist changes in their DNA linked to the development of cancer.
Those planning a pregnancy are advised to start a supplement of folic acid before conception. It can significantly reduce the occurrence of birth defects. Otherwise known as neural tube defects which are malformations of the spine and brain, incidents of spina bifida and anencephaly have dramatically reduced as a result.
A fantastic natural, mild disinfectant that fits right in the palm of your hand. It also help stain removal and de-odourises.
Good for Skin
Lemons can help reduce wrinkles! The Vitamin C encourages collagen production which maintains the elasticity of skin. It helps to tightens loose and open pores too, hydrating and moisturising the skin. Fine lines are reduced and the skin is lightened by the acidity of lemon juice and it can also help to repair sun exposure and pollution damage.
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Rinse your hair with ¼ lemon juice to ¾ water before you go out in the sun and the juice will also help treat dry scalp and dandruff.
Help with Digestion
Drinking Lemon juice in water daily can help prevent constipation. But be careful not to overdo it!
Lemon juice helps to neutralise the odour caused by eating foods with strong smells like garlic, onions, or fish.
Drinking a glass of water and lemon juice first thing in the morning and after meals helps to stimulate saliva and prevents a dry mouth which causes bad breath resulting from bacteria growth.
We use lemons within some of the recipes we prepare on courses at The Gascony Cookery School. The courses we provide have a genuine and real insight into the world of French cuisine have been carefully considered to ensure our students gain the most from them.
Dave and Bernard’s years of experience mean you will learn the skills used by real chefs with the ability to apply them to your own kitchen at home. Not only that, it’s a real opportunity for everyone to get away from it all and immerse themselves in the French culture and way of life too.
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