The lemon belongs to family Rutaceae, commonly known as citrus family that includes over 1,600 species. Lemon has thick yellow skin especially bright when it is ripen and its pulp is pale yellow.
It is a native of Europe and central Asia, and is now cultivated in most temperate and subtropical regions all over the world. The lemon is probably original from the south of China where this fruit is worshiped as a symbol of happiness, and it has been cultivated in Asia for more than 2,500 years.
Until the tenth century, the lemon was not cultivated for consumption, but was used as an ornamental tree.The Arabs spread it during the XI-th century along the Mediterranean basin, to the east towards Greece and to the west towards Spain.
Lemon is mainly used to enhance the flavor of your food and for culinary purpose. For the pharmaceutical industry it is the raw material for many medicine manufactures, and at home it is used for different homemade remedies.
Organoleptic characteristics of lemon
You may know a lot of nutritional properties of lemons but probably not all of them, so let’s take a look at the nutrition facts per 100 gr (without skin) that lemon has to offer:
- Carbohydrates: 9.32 g
- Sugars: 2.5 g
- Fiber: 2.8 g
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Proteins: 1.1 g
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 0.04 mg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.02 mg
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 0.1 mg
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 0.19 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.08 mg
- Vitamin C: 53 mg
- Calcium: 26 mg
- Iron: 0.6 mg
- Magnesium: 8 mg
- Manganese: 0.03 mg
- Phosphorus: 16 mg
- Potassium: 138 mg
- Zinc: 0.06 mg
(g = grams, mg = milligrams)
In addition to its unique properties, lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which strengthens the body’s defenses to prevent diseases especially airways diseases from a common cold to asthma.
Moreover, Vitamin C or ascorbic acid has great disinfecting power and also has an antitoxic action against microbial and medicinal poisons.
The benefits of lemon
The amazing benefits of lemon are very wide thanks to its high content of vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorus, proteins and carbohydrates.
In addition, lemons contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
- Flavonoids strengthens the action of vitamin C and protects it form oxidation, that´s why lemon has a great antioxidant property.
- Antioxidant compounds help to prevent loss of vision caused by degenerative conditions, such as cataract and macular degeneration. Computer screens affect our eyesight, so it´s highly recommended to consume more lemons.
- Lemon acts as protector of the blood vessels. It helps to protect and strengthen blood vessels of rupture or obstruction in cases of hypertension or poor blood circulation, so it is perfect to protect the cardiovascular system.
- This citrus can aid digestion; it contains pectin that protects the mucosa of gastrointestinal tract helping to avoid gastrointestinal diseases.
- Lemon may be useful for slightly increasing weight loss since it contains the chemicals that are favorable to weight loss diets, such as fiber, caffeine, limonene and vitamin C.
- Many experts believe that frequent consumption of lemon and other citrus fruits helps to prevent many types of cancer such as stomach cancer or colon cancer. Scientists believe that vitamin C slows the growth of cancer cells.
- Vitamin C may help to increase calcium and iron absorption preventing anemia. While calcium helps to form bones and may play a role in preventing osteoporosis, vitamin Cs role in collagen production makes it essential to the repair and protect your bones.
- Lemon can help you with oral diseases. If you suffer from gingivitis or mouth sores, this citrus can help you by rinsing your mouth with lemon juice. Of course, then you should rinse your mouth with warm water several times and wash your teeth.
Argenti Lemon, producing partner of Consorfrut
Argenti Lemon is an Argentinian company that is a lemon producer of Consorfrut. Argenti Lemon was founded in 1997 by citrus farmers and in a short time it became one of the most modern lemon companies in the world due to their great knowledge and the competitive advantages of the region. Argentina is the world’s top lemon producer after China.
Argenti Lemon, in addition to fresh lemon, produces concentrated lemon juice, dehydrated lemon peel, essential oil and its derivatives, with high international quality standards, satisfying the needs of customers, these products the company sells in Argentina, Brazil, European Union, Central Europe, Russia, The Balkans, Middle East, Asia, United States, Canada among others.
The company develops the production of lemon in Tucumán, Argentina, where the packaging and commercialization of fresh lemon is carried out. Due to the large volume of fruit destined mainly for industrial products, it allows them to make a rigorous selection of best quality throughout the campaign in the different sizes required by the fresh fruit markets. In addition, they have an independent packing line in Argentina for natural lemon processing without post-harvest chemical treatment.
As you can see, we are die-hard fans of this citrus, and after reading all the benefits that lemons can bring to our health, who just can´t help enjoying lemons right now? At Consorfrut you can find our lemons under Sunflavour, Privilege and Mephistus brands.
Are you up for it?