Making Smoothies with Lemons

Lemon is a citrus fruit that grows on small evergreen trees. They are typically bright yellow in color (inside and out) and with an oval or football shape. Every part of the lemon is edible, containing a sour and acidic flavor. Some of the top lemon producers in the world include India, Mexico, China, and Argentina. The two most common varieties of lemon found in the US include Eureka and Lisbon varieties.

Peel/de-seed it?

All parts of the lemon are edible, so it's not necessary to peel them, but you may not like the extra zesty bitter taste that it adds to your smoothies.

We like to peel our lemons before blending them. We'll grab any easy to get to seeds out of it as well, but it doesn't hurt to blend the seeds.

History of the Lemon

The lemon is said to have originated in Asia, over 2,000 years ago, with cultivation of the fruit-bearing tree reaching Italy by 200 A.D., and The Middle East and Egypt by 700 A.D. Between 1000 and 1150 A.D. lemon trees were dispersed throughout the Mediterranean by Arabian settlers. Lemons were not largely grown as food at first, but rather as an ornamental plant. By the late 1400s, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus took lemon seeds to Hispaniola, and it is said that early spanish explorers included lemons amongst other citrus first planted in St. Augustine.

How to Choose a Lemon

When picking lemons, avoid those that contain soft or wet spots, and choose those that are heavier with smooth bright skin.

Fun Fact

Lemon trees produce fruit all year round.


Smoothie Recipes with Lemons

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Lemon Flavor Pairings

Apple, Avocado (commercial), Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberries, Grapes, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Almonds, Jerusalem-artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus, Basil (fresh), Beans (snap), Beet Root, Bell Pepper (red), Raspberry, Strawberry, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chives, Coconut Meat, Corn (yellow), Cucumber, Currant (red & white), Dill weed, Eggplant, Fennel Bulb, Flax Seeds, Garlic, Ginger Root, Guava, Honey, Kale, Leek, Lime, Mango, Almond Milk (vanilla), Peppermint, Spearmint, Mushroom (portabella), Olive Oil, Onion, Orange, Papaya, Paprika, Parsley, Parsnip, Peach, Peas, Black Pepper, Plantain, Radicchio, Radish, Rosemary, Shallots, Zucchini Squash, Brown Sugar, Thyme, Tomato, Vanilla Extract, Red Wine Vinegar, Wasabi Root, Melon (cantaloupe), Pear, Pineapple, Tangerine, Watermelon, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage (red), Celery, Chard (swiss), Cilantro, Beet Greens, Collard Greens, Bitter Melon, Lettuce (romaine), Onion (spring/scallion), Jalapeno, Bell Pepper (green), Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Cayenne Pepper (spice), Cinnamon (Ground), Nutmeg (ground), Coffee (brewed), Coconut Water (beverage),
Lemon Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100g
Calories 29.0
Calories from Fat 2.6999999999999997
Total Fat 0.3g
Saturated Fat 0.039g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.011g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.089g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 2.0mg
Potassium 138.0mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.32g
Dietary Fiber 2.8g
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 1.1g
Vitamin A 1.0µg
Vitamin C 53.0mg
Calcium 26.0mg
Iron 0.6mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Choline 5.1mg
Folate 11.0µg
Niacin 0.1mg
Riboflavin 0.02mg
Thiamin 0.04mg
Vitamin B-12 0.0µg
Vitamin B-6 0.08mg
Vitamin D 0.0IU
Vitamin E 0.15mg
Vitamin K 0.0µg
Minerals
Copper 0.037mg
Magnesium 8.0mg
Phosphorus 16.0mg
Selenium 0.4µg
Zinc 0.06mg
Other
Caffeine 0.0mg
Theobromine 0.0mg
Water 88.98g
All nutrient values are calculated from the USDA nutrition database.
Scientific NameCitrus limon
Nitrogen Factor6.25
Protein Factor3.36
Fat Factor8.37
Carb Factor2.48