Lemon is one quintessential summer food that you must keep a stock of. The citrus fruit (often mistaken as a vegetable for its sour taste) is loaded with the power of vitamin C, which is essential for keeping the immune system robust and functioning properly. The characteristic taste of lemon comes from the presence of citric acid, which also makes its juice acidic in nature. The sharp taste of lemon makes it a great addition to a whole range of dishes and drinks – from salads to desserts and even chicken curries and dals. It is a particularly good accompaniment for fish and other meats and a number of recipes even incorporate the zest of the lemon in meat stuffing.
Lemons are pickled, juiced, added to teas, squeezed atop sweet and savoury dishes and snacks, added to custards and puddings and used in an endless number of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. However, it’s not just the taste – lemon brings a lot more to the metaphorical culinary table.
Lemon Nutrition: Benefits Of The Quintessential Summer Fruit
Lemons are rich in numerous phytochemicals, which are beneficial compounds produced by plants. The juice of lemons is low in calories and sugar, and rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Apart from vitamin C, lemon juice also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Apart from keeping the skin healthy, the vitamin C in lemons also promotes heart health and may help prevent anaemia. Lemons have also been known to prevent kidney stones, improve digestive health and due to the presence of pectin fibre in them, lemons aide weight loss as well.
We all love including lemons in our summer drinks and dishes, due to their refreshing taste and sharp flavour. Here are some of our best, most delightful cooling lemon recipes that you can treat yourself to, this summer:
1. Mint Kiwi Lemonade
Fortified with the goodness of the tropical fruit kiwi and the cooling herb mint, this lemonade is the perfect buddy for summer parties and soirees. It’s easy to make and has a delicious and unique flavour that will make your summers more enjoyable.
2. White Chocolate and Lemon Sorbet
Sorbets are one of the best ways to enjoy fruits during the summer. They’re all-natural, containing all the goodness of the fruit and can cool you down instantly. This white chocolate and lemon sorbet is sure to be a hit among the kids.
3. Lemon Pudding
The classic combination of sweet and sour is an old one and one that has been a hit among everyone. The creamy dessert is made from milk and eggs and is flavoured with lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve the dessert cold at your next family dinner and watch your guests be delighted!
4. Classic Lemon Sorbet
The classic lemon sorbet can act like a great palate cleanser or may be enjoyed as a dessert, along with some sweetened whipped cream. This lemon sorbet is incredibly easy to make, but a sure-shot way to feel refreshed and hydrated in this scorching weather.
5. Lemon Souffle
This classic French dessert is a light and airy delight that is prepared by combining egg yolks and beaten egg whites. The lemon adds a punch of summery freshness to the mix.
6. Ginger Litchi Lemonade
Ginger and litchi might not seem like an odd combination, but put them together in lemonade and you would be surprised at the delicious melody that you get. This lemonade recipe is a healthy and nutritious drink that is a unique summer cooler.
Once you get a hang of experimenting with this delightful citrus fruit, you can whip up a whole range of drinks and desserts with it. Which of these are you going to try out this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!