The lemon is undoubtedly one of the most (if not THE most) popular citrus fruits in the whole world. While it is very popular, it is rarely consumed as a fruit due to its acidity and tartness. Gene studies have shown that the lemon is a natural hybrid of the citron and bitter orange, which explains the bitter aftertaste and the extreme acidity of the fruit. How did it become so popular? Because its juice makes for one of the most refreshing drinks known to man, the lemonade.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. limon
- Binomial name: Citrus limon
- A lemon contains 8 seeds (most of the time).
- While it doesn’t seem like it, lemons are technically considered to be berries.
- The term lemon is said to have been derived from an Asian word meaning “Sour Fruit”
- Lemon juice is often used to prevent other fruits from turning brown or oxidizing.