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Sometimes we put it as a decoration on dishes, of fish but not only, perhaps tasting it or squeezing it a little on the surface of the dish and then discard it, if we have not already put it aside as soon as we have seen it, yet the lemon is a very precious food! Why this waste? Because few know like eating a lemon and above all why do it. Here are some useful indications to re-evaluate this citrus fruit with a reputation of acid and enhance it better in our diet.
Let's start immediately by preparing something really simple. We peel the lemon removing also the white part that can be bitter, we cut it into wedges and with the knife we make a surgical gesture to remove as much membrane as possible. We collect all the pulp in a bowl and then divide the wedges into morsels to be served with sugar if we fear it is too sour.
If we prefer to drink lemon rather than eat it, here's how. Sugar is needed, to be transformed into syrup with a little water and cooking, 1 cup of sugar and one cup of water for the proportions. While this syrup is in the fridge to cool, squeeze a lot of lemons, at least 8 or 9, to get 250 ml of liquid. Once ready, mix the two liquids and serve on the table with some ice and herbs fresh such as thyme, basil, rosemary and lavender. The properties of lemon juice are many.
What is the use of eating a lemon
Having established that it is really easy to eat lemon, that's why it's good to do it, bravely tasting this yellow fruit. Has many properties and not all of them are also oranges, so let's not take the excuse "eh, I eat oranges in abundance" because it is not the same thing.
We owe the benefits of lemon to the presence of acitric acid, limonene, pinene and vitamin C. Among the most popular properties are those antioxidants, for the prevention of premature cellular aging and the fight against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Also there digestion it is favored by the lemon which is able to stimulate the production of gastric juices, including the peel, and then we will discover how to eat it. The lemon has purifying and detoxifying properties, it helps us eliminate waste and toxins, especially if drunk in the morning with hot water. Let's not forget that this citrus blocks the stone formation and is a powerful one antibacterial, lowers cholesterol levels and uric acid levels and at the same time increases immunitary defense. Few people know that it is also good for the skin because it disinfects and heals, which is why lemon essential oil is recommended to counteract pimples, skin impurities and strengthen the capillaries.
When to eat lemon
It depends on us and on what we expect. A Lemonade it is an excellent part of a snack, it is good for quenching and hydrating in the summer. Warm water with lemon, especially for the liver, should be drunk strictly in the morning on an empty stomach. There lemon jam we can eat it when we go, it's delicious and if it's not too sugary, it's not bad at all.
How to cook a lemon
For now we have eaten the lemon almost natural, without sautéing too much, but now we can do something more challenging by preparing the preserves. We wash the lemons by rubbing the peel well if we do not intend to discard it, and it would be a shame to do it because it is rich in nutrients and vitamins. We only remove the ends of the fruit and then divide into 4 parts and then into thin slices. Cook the cut lemons with a little water and, when they start to become soft, add the sugar. The quantities are to be evaluated at the moment, do not exaggerate and add little by little, without ever removing the pot from the heat. We understand when everything is ready when you put a teaspoon on the plate, and tilt the plate, our preserve does not slip too much but as if it were a slimer. Here we are! We can put our delight in properly sterilized jars. We can eat it after a couple of weeks of rest, in the cool of a cellar, for example.
We can also cook dishes with lemon, for example a good one Chicken With Lemon with onions, raisins, pistachios and… lemons. It is very simple, just cut the chicken into pieces and cook it in a saucepan with the oil and then remove it from the pan, putting the onions in its place and browning them and then add ginger, white pepper, saffron, coriander to them. and the chicken pieces already browned. It can cook for an hour like this, with a little water if it seems dry, but after only half an hour we add raisins and lemons cut in quarters, and the pistachios. It should be served hot.
A simple but bizarre recipe is that of pickled lemons, for use in accompaniment to both meat and fish dishes. We choose untreated lemons, wash them well and make 4 cuts in the skins in which to insert the coarse salt. In a saucepan, put a liter of water with 100 grams of salt and boil while the lemons go into sterilized glass jars in which the freshly boiled salted water is added. In each jar, put a tablespoon of oil in each jar and a clove. Well closed and stored, the jars last up to a couple of months. If you love sweets you can cook an excellent lemon cake or lemon macarones
How to eat lemon peel
The lemon zest is rich in limonene, responsible for the scent and at the base of lemon essential oil. This substance prevents tumor growth and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, counteracts abdominal swelling and purifies the liver. We can insert it grated in different recipes, but trying to keep it from cooking otherwise it loses its vitamins. Better therefore a sprinkle over salads, cereals, legumes or sauces.
How many lemons to eat in a day
It is difficult to give a clear answer to this question because we are not talking about the doses of a medicine, even if this fruit actually cures many things. It is recommended, every day, I squeeze half of it in warm water every morning, there are those who drink lemonade every day, but without exaggerating. We are the first to understand if it makes us acid and when. Better not to overdo it now but go step by step, and avoid it if you suffer from gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux because it causes stomach acid and irritates the mucous membranes.