How To Pick A Lemon

Not the figurative “lemon” a good-for-avoiding-scurvy, of-the-citrus-family lemon!

From an article entitled, The Amazing Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water, I found this very interesting tip:

Buying a sweet lemon

Some lemons are more sweet than others. A rule of thumb for selecting a lemon that is both sweet and high in mineral content, is to pick one that has a high specific gravity measurement and is heavy for its size. By comparing equal-sized fruit, the one with the greatest weight will have the most mineral content and sugar. A thick skinned lemon will not be as heavy as a thin skinned lemon and will not have the desired sweetness or mineral content.

The method I use to ensure the purchase of sweet lemons is to look at the stem end of the lemon. There are two ends on the lemon. One end has a point where the blossom started to grow; the other end has a stem or a dimple where the stem used to be located. On the stem end of a highly mineralized, sweet lemon, you will see little lines radiating out of the stem like sunbeams. These little lines can look like a star shaped structure and is called a calyx. The calyx may have three, four, five or more points to the star. The greater the number of points on the calyx, the higher the mineral content of the lemon.

Who knew? For more on safe drinking water and how adding apple cider vinegar or lemon to it can boost your PH, go read More Little Tips at Morning Has Broken’s blog.

14 thoughts on “How To Pick A Lemon”

  1. Hey Mary, look at you! This is a great new space! :)
    Congratulations!

    We drink lemon water around here. The strange thing is…you can’t use bottled lemon juice and get the same effects. It has to be fresh.

    I also LOVE baskets! :) WE are kindred! :)

  2. Hey, I knew we were kindred, didn’t you? Faith-sistahs! :)
    Thanks for sharing that about the bottle lemon juice…wish we could use it, frugally speaking, but fresh lemon is so much more tasty!

  3. WOW Great blog about lemons! I’ve always chosen the thin-skinned ones that are slightly soft, but I would never have known about the mineral content. I’ll have to check that out the next time I buy lemons…because we go through a lot around here! :)

  4. It’s nearly lemon season here and my trees are full of growing fruit. Lemon juice also is good for breaking up the fat cells in our bodies :-)

  5. Hey nice to see you all! :)

    Leticia, I had no idea either!I’m looking forward to my next grocery store visit!

    Deborah, sounds like you had it figured out…I thought of you when I posted this. Found the article when I was searching the net about distilled water. Now if I can only remember to look for the “star” on a lemon…I’ll be set!

    Amy, what do you do with all those lemons? Do they store well? My mouth is puckering just thinking of having that many! Your trees must be beautiful…and I’m all for lemon juice being a fat-buster! Thanks for sharing that!

  6. I have long suspected that lemon juice had some health benefits – I always add 1/4 cup to each gallon of iced tea that I make. About ten years ago, I used to “donate” plasma as a way of making a little extra cash. During this period, I discovered that drinking lemon water beforehand was a very effective way of breaking up fats in the blood, generally increasing the amount of plasma, and making the procedure go much faster.

    Scurvy’s last blog post..By: Joe Henrich

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