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If life gives you lemons, make it lemonade!
Scientific name: Citrus × limon
German name: Zitrone
Other names: Citrus limon
Classification: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Citrus
Season: All year
  • Water 90,2%
  • Carbohydrates 3,2%
  • Proteins 0,7%
  • Fats 0,6%

Goodbye fat, hello health!

"And all that I can see is just another lemon tree". Like the famous song of Fools Garden, the lemon itself is known to everyone. No wonder - the sour taste of the lemon was immediately remembered by all of us. And it should, too, because you've got a lot on your plate! It is extremely healthy, helps to burn fat and has many other positive properties. And they don't always have anything to do with food! It is worth taking a closer look at the lemon, which is very popular among Germans.

Nutrition information

Quantity per 100 grams

Calories 29
Fat content 0,3 g
Saturated fatty acids 0 g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids 0,1 g
Monounsaturated fatty acids 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Potassium 138 mg
Carbohydrates 9 g
Roughage 2,8 g
Sugar 2,5 g
Protein 1,1 g

Origin & Provenance



Things to know

Origin & Provenance

The lemon is the fruit of the lemon tree about the size of a fist. This tree (a cross between bitter orange and lemon a lemon) probably originated in northern India. First evidence of the lemon tree in China and the Mediterranean can be found around the year 1000. Due to the increase in trade, it spread from there to Persia and Arabia. With the help of seafaring, the sour fruit reached the Mediterranean region between the 10th and 13th centuries, reaching Europe in the 15th century and finally the American soil through Christopher Columbus. Until 1766, however, lemons were still called citrus fruits.

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The lemon is a real power fruit when it comes to health. This is mainly due to its high content of vitamin C - 53 milligrams per 100 grams and a mere 29 kilocalories. Since vitamin C protects against viruses and bacteria, lemon prevents infections and colds and strengthens the immune system.
It can also accelerate wound healing, tighten the skin, reduce digestive problems and even help lose weight. Its detoxifying effect makes it an excellent tool in the fight against hangovers, even after a busy night.


The lemon can also score points in terms of taste. Whether sliced, pressed or grated: Thanks to its citric acid, lemons can spice up many a dish both hot and cold. For the grated peel, dressings, pastries or fish, for example, are ideal. The pure consumption of a lemon is also healthy. However, some people react more sensitively to the acid contained in the lemon, which can lead to stomach pain. Since the acid attacks the enamel, it is advisable to brush your teeth after consumption. Who has no experience with the consumption of a pure lemon, should begin with a small piece and wait how the body reacts to it.

Lemon water

You can also enjoy a lemon as a hot drink. Simply boil water, juice half a lemon in a citrus press and add to the water. Here you should make sure that the ascorbic acid is very sensitive to light and is destroyed by heat. Therefore the lemon should only be added to the water when it has reached a pleasant drinking temperature. Otherwise too much of the valuable vitamin C will be destroyed. Honey or agave syrup, for example, can be added for sweetening according to taste.

Grated lemon

The lemon can also be eaten completely when grated. The best way to do this is to freeze the lemon and, if necessary, rub it over the finished meal. There are no limits for the dish! Especially salads get a pleasant note from a grated lemon. Even if you expect the food to taste very sour afterwards, this is not the case.

Things to know

There's a lot of stuff in that lemon. And Germans love it. In Germany, more lemons are consumed every year than France and England put together. Perhaps this is because their vitamin C content covers more than half of their daily requirements. But perhaps it is also due to their other superpowers: The lemon is hygienic and can therefore be used for cleaning but also for closing wounds. Simply apply a few drops to the wound, diluted with water if necessary. Since lemon juice has a firming effect, it is also used in cosmetics. And our spirit also has something of the lemon: the juice increases performance and concentration! Really a power fruit!

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