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The Parts Of A Lemon For National Lemon Juice Day

Lemons In A Bowl On A Kitchen Counter
[1] A bowl of lemons can brighten a table or kitchen counter (photo © Justin Schwartfigure | Unsplash).

Parts Of A Lemon Diagram

[2] The parts of a lemon. Thanks to Lemons From Spain for this information (image © The Lemonage).

Lemon Tree With A Green (Unripe) Lemon
[3] Before lemons ripen into their bright yellow color, they look green like lilmes (photo © Chandra Oh | Unsplash).

Add Sliced Lemons To A Pitcher Or Glass of Water To Make Lemon Water
[4] Add sliced lemons to a pitcheror glass of waterto make lemon water (photo © Julia Zolotova | Unsplash).

 

August 29th is National Lemon Juice Day. Let’s give the lemon some respect: It doesn’t even have its own holiday. Just the juice does.

So it’s time to discover what’s under the peel besides pulp and juice. A number of different things to do with the juice itself is below.
 
> The different types of lemons.

> The history of the lemon.
 
 
LEMONS 101: THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE LEMON

The lemon is a member of the Citrus genus of flowering trees and shrubs, in the Rutaceae family.

In addition to lemons, members of the Citrus genus include familiar citrus fruits such as citrons, grapefruits, kumquats, limes, mandarins, oranges, and pomelos, as well as less-familiar citrus fruits such as Buddha’s hand, finger limes, and kaffir limes.

The Citrus genus is native to South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and Australia. Lemons are thought to have originated in northwestern India.

Here’s how a botanist looks at a lemon (photo #2). Instead of presenting the parts in alphabetical order, we’ll start at the rind and work our way inside.
 
 
FLAVEDO (the peel layer, also called the rind or epicarp)

Ranging from green to bright yellow in color depending on the level of ripeness, the flavedo contains essential oil glands that provide the lemon’s aroma. The flavedo is an important source of vitamin C, polymethoxyflavones and carotenoids—both cancer-fighting flavenoid antioxidants.
 
 
ALBEDO (also called the pith or mesocarp)

Immediately under the flavedo (rind) is the white, spongy inner layer of the lemon. It’s the most important source of pectin and carbohydrates.

The albedo is also an important source of phenolics and flavanones, both antioxidants.
 
 
ENDOCARP (the pulp)

The endocarp, or pulp, is the edible part* of the lemon rind, representing between 65% and 70% of the lemon’s weight. It’s pale yellow in color and is divided into segments that contain elongated cells—known as the juice sacs or vesicles—where water, carbohydrates, and citric acid accumulate.

Each slice of lemon contains hundreds of juice sacs, and there may be one or more seeds. In the aggregate, the juice sacs make up the pulp.
 
 
COLUMELA & MEMBRANES

The columela is the central axis that connects the membranes that form between the sections of the endocarp. The membranes separate the fruit segments and help to hold the pieces of pulp together. The texture is thin and papery; depending on the variety, it can be thinner or thicker.
 
 
WHAT’S A HESPEREDIUM?

A hesperidium (plural hesperidia) is a fruit with sectioned pulp inside a separable rind, e.g. in a lemon, orange, grapefruit, or another citrus.

Carl Linnaeus (1707 to 1778, also known as Carl von Linné), “the father of modern taxonomy,” was the great Swedish botanist, zoologist, taxonomist, and physician who formalized binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms.

He gave the name Hesperideae to the order containing the genus Citrus, in allusion to the golden apples of the Hesperides†. [source]
 
 
THINGS TO DO WITH LEMON JUICE

Now that you have a botanist’s perspective on lemons, here are uses for lemon juice. After all, it’s National Lemon Juice Day!

  • Things To Do With Lemon Juice – Part I
  • Things To Do With Lemon Juice – Part II
  • How To Cut Back On Salt With Lemon Juice
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    •The flavedo, or peel, is also eaten: as grated zest, as cocktail garnishes, and cut into strips and turned into candied peel, which is enjoyed as a garnish or as a confection, eaten plain or dipped in chocolate.

    †The Golden Apples in the Garden of Hesperides were a wedding gift to Hera from Gaia and were protected by a great serpent called Ladon. The Apples as well as the rest of the life in the Garden were tended by the Hesperides, minor earth goddesses or nymphs and daughters of the Titan, Atlas. Herakles (Heracles) was sent to fetch the golden apples of the Hesperides as one of his twelve labors.

     

     
     

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