Lemons are most popular in late summer, but are readily available all year long.  Beloved by European cooks and young lemonade stand entrepreneurs, they have a wide variety of uses.  They enhance food flavors, add tang to drinks and dressings, brighten home decoration, and are a natural cleaning and health agent.  Here are some great ways to use lovely lemons in your kitchen.

First things first – start by choosing lemons that are bright yellow in color and have a shine to their skin. Select lemons that are as thin-skinned as possible and heavy for their size, because they will produce the most juice!

10 tips for using Lovely Lemons in your kitchen:

  1. Lemons are packed with vitamin C and are great natural anti-oxidants.  Add them to your iced tea, cola, water, and other drinks to pack extra vitamin punch.
  2. To get the most juice from a fresh lemon be sure it’s warm (room temp or microwave for a few seconds).  Then use your palm to roll the lemon on the countertop a few times, cut it lengthwise, and squeeze!
  3. Lemons make beautiful centerpieces and add decorative color to any room. Slice lemons and put them in the water of a clear vase for added beauty to your flowers.
  4. Store fresh lemon zest (for months) in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
  5. Keep your lemons in the refrigerator – they’ll last up to a week longer.
  6. Sprinkle lemon juice over fresh fruit to prevent discoloration – great for fruit salad.
  7. Zest is a fragrant and flavorful addition to any recipe that calls for lemon juice.
  8. Lemon + olive oil + garlic make for a quick salad dressing or base for other dressing additions.
  9. For extra cleaning power, rub lemon on your wood chopping board (or copper sink).  Allow it to dry, then rinse.
  10. Got ants – lemon juice is a natural deterrent.

Zesty recipes you’ll want to pucker up for!

Try any of these recipes or make all three for your next dinner party – fresh and lovely lemons add fragrance, taste and beauty to each!

Seasoned Artichokes

Arugula Pesto Pasta and Prawns

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Trifle