Costa grows lemons all year round. They're at their best between March and October.
Lemons have very high levels of Vitamin C. Given their tart taste, they are not often eaten alone yet they are indispensable in cooking, with zest and juice providing the perfect flavour for many dishes.
Production fact #1
Bursting with Vitamin C, lemons may help protect against arthritic conditions, boost the immune system and lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, strokes and cancer.
Production fact #2
Lemons contain limonin, a liminoid that is a powerful anti-carcinogen.
Production fact #3
The unique phytonutrient properties in lemons have strong antioxidant and anti-biotic effects.
More lemon facts
- Good source of protein and fibre (especially pectin)
- 100ml of lemon juice has 48mg of Vitamin C, which is the RDI
- Lemons can also help prevent cut pears, apples, bananas and avocados from browning
- Lemons contains zero fat
- Watch out – a lemon's high acidity level can erode tooth enamel, so rinse your mouth after sucking on a lemon
- 100g of lemon has 115kJ
Lemons are the most indispensable and versatile fruit; they are generally harvested from mid May through early December.
From marmalades to mousses, citrus fruits add a big hit of flavour to many dishes. Get Vitamin C-infused inspiration for your next meal with our delicious citrus recipes.
Selection and storage
When choosing a lemon, one should hold the fruit and determine if it is heavy. The heavier the fruit and the thinner the skin, the more juice it has. A ripe lemon should be firm, with a fine textured peel with a deep yellow color
Lemons keep well at room temperature for up to 7 days, and you can extend their shelf life by popping them in the fridge. To coax extra juice, microwave the lemon for 5 seconds then roll across the kitchen bench with the palm of your hand before cutting.