When life gives you lemons…Kingston gives
you lemonade. This yellow, oval fruit is used for
culinary and nonculinary purposes throughout
the world, primarily for it’s sour juice. The
juice in the lemon contains about five to six
percent citric acid, which gives the lemon the
distinctive sour but refreshing taste. The pulp
and rind can also used for cooking and baking.
The exact origin of the lemon remains a
mystery, however the genetic origin of the
lemon, was reported to be a hybrid between
sour orange and citron. It is widely presumed
that lemons first appeared in India, northern
Burma, and China. In Asia, lemons were
known for their antiseptic properties and were
used as an antidote for various poisons. They
were distributed widely throughout the Arab
world and the Mediterranean region between
1000 and 1150AD.
The first real lemon cultivation in Europe began
in Genoa in the middle of the 15th century. It
was later introduced to the Americas in 1493
when Christopher Columbus brought lemon
seeds to Hispaniola along his voyages.
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