green lemons

Green Lemons – ripe or not? Green lemon or lime? How to store and other useful information.

Why don’t the lemons are not ripe and stay green?

Lemons can ripen for up to 11 months. Meyer lemon fruit ripens within ~ 7 months.

green lemons

Give good rest in winter. Rare watering, cold, up to 10 С of heat, but not for the entire period. Since February, the sun, feeding, watering, and coolness. But don’t change your place of residence, it doesn’t like it. For example lemon lives on an insulated balcony, stands on the floor, on the Southside. The temperature on the balcony is from+ 7 to+ 15 degrees, (as always in winter). It can bear fruit every year, but it is necessary to feed and pollinate the flowers with a brush.  You should feed and cut off the extra flowers and fruits for the winter, leave five or seven fruits and feed them. In summer, the ground is always wet, but not much, and in winter water it twice a month. You can leave the lemons, perhaps they will grow in the spring.

When can I remove the fruit from the lemon tree?

The fruit of lemons can hang on the tree for more than 2 years. Usually, the lemon fruit ripens in 8-12 months, depending on the conditions of maintenance, and it turns yellow. If for some time it is not removed from the tree, it will turn green again and begin to increase in size and so on repeatedly – this does not affect the quality of the fruit. It is best to remove the fruit yellow with a greenside – more vitamin C.

lemon tree

There is an opinion that the fruits of lemons and limes can be removed from the tree when they reach the desired size and do not necessarily wait for yellowing. Since there is already enough acid in them.

Many citrus fruits can hang on the tree for a long time after maturation, except for tangerines and oranges.

How to distinguish a lime from an unripe green lemons? Lime vs Lemon

They are different in taste, despite the external similarity. Different price. Lime is usually more expensive. If you replace lime with lemon and vice versa when preparing exotic dishes, the result may be another.

lime lemon

Their common features: they are citrus, sour taste, and high vitamin C level.

In fact, there are more differences in fruits:


First of all, it is important to understand that a lemon can only be green in its immature form, and for a lime, the green color is absolutely natural. Therefore: at the lime the skin color uniform, full-bodied, the skin is glossy and less porous than lemon; The color of an unripe green lemons is uneven, there are light green and yellow spots. The skin is duller – compared to lime, lemon does not look very appetizing. By the way, sometimes limes are also collected without waiting for maturation. However, usually, the fruit has time to “reach the condition” on the way to the store – there is little chance to see an unripe fruit on the counter. Shape and size Here you need to pay attention to two points: lime is smaller and rounder. It looks like a small (about 6 cm) round ball, while the elongated shape of a lemon is more likely to evoke associations with an American football ball or an egg; lime has a more symmetrical (though not perfect) shape – both tips of the fruit are rounded. The lemon has a noticeable narrowing to one of the edges.

Taste and aroma. Are lemons acidic?

In order to understand the difference between lime vs lemon acidity, it is enough to try a real lime once. If the lemon is just sour, then the raw lime pulp can be called “superacid” – it is difficult to eat it without wincing. Abstracting from the acid, you can see that the taste of lime is slightly sharper – it is fresher,” explosive”, not without a slight bitterness. Its aroma matches the taste – it is brighter, more powerful, and fresher than lemon.

Composition, features of storage, and heat treatment. How to store lemons?

Both citrus fruits contain many useful substances: vitamin C; vitamins and vitamin-like substances B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9; potassium, copper. Lemon has a higher silicon content. As for vitamin C – despite the fact that lime is more acidic, ascorbic acid is more in lemon. If the raw benefits of these two fruits are the same, then after heat treatment: lime loses most of its nutrients, including vitamin C; lemon loses” in use ” slightly. Conclusion: as part of a healthy diet, lime is best consumed raw. Different fruits and shelf life. If you simultaneously buy a Mature (but not overripe) lemon and lime and put them in the refrigerator, then: lemon can stay for 3-4 weeks, keeping a relatively fresh appearance; lime will begin to dry out in 5-7 days – its skin may shrivel or even rot. Therefore, you should not buy overripe limes at a discount or buy fruit “in reserve”.

Can you freeze lemons?

Yes, of course. Did you know that frozen lemons are even much healthier than fresh ones?

How to freeze lemons correctly?

freeze lemons

Do not rush to immediately send the lemons to the freezer. First, they should be properly processed before freezing. Use Apple cider vinegar for this, it can destroy the pesticides that are used to process fruit, and bacteria. You can freeze the lemon whole, or cut it into serving slices. Place them in small containers or special packages for freezing. If you freeze whole citrus fruits, then before you use them, you will need to grate them, along with the seeds and zest. Lemon mass can be added to any dishes that you want. The taste and aroma will be amazing!

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What is the use of lemon peel?

Very often we throw away the lemon peel, and in vain. Lemon zest contains almost 10 times more nutrients than the fruit pulp itself. There are limonoids present, which help to neutralize cancer cells throughout the body. And zest is also used to get rid of excess weight, to cleanse the liver and kidneys, for constipation. Limonoids can even dissolve kidney stones, remove parasites from the gastrointestinal tract, and normalize digestive functions. In addition, the substances contained in lemon peel kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus.

History of frozen lemon.

The benefits of frozen lemon began to be discussed in the 70s of the last century, when scientists began to find out its effect on cancer cells. At that time, the specialists had just started their work, but it was already clear that the product was very effective in fighting cancer. Studies lasted almost 20 years before frozen lemon was actually recognized as a unique product that can destroy free radicals that lead to the formation of tumors. It is also interesting that frozen lemons are a thousand times stronger than adriamycin (a substance that is used in chemotherapy). American oncologist Herbert Pearson confirmed the anti-cancer properties of lemon. At the same time, it has been proven that destroying cancer cells, the product does not touch healthy ones.

Are lemons bad for dogs?

It’s a really popular and important question for all dog lovers.

In the right quantities, veterinarians recommend giving the dog citrus, especially in the winter. Citrus fruits are also useful for stimulating digestion during a period of loss of appetite. The amount must be calculated from the animal’s body weight. Small dogs can be given no more than 1 teaspoon (a slice of orange, tangerine). Otherwise the pet is at risk of an allergic reaction. For medium-sized breeds of dogs, the amount of citrus can be doubled and, accordingly, for large-three times.

lemon dog

It is important to pay attention to the age of the dog, it is generally undesirable to give such products to puppies up to 8 months old. When you reach this age, you can try to give a small piece and see the reaction.

As for citrus, the safest in terms of allergies is lemon. A little juice can be added to water for drinking or given a teaspoon during the fight against colds and other diseases. Lemon juice stimulates the appetite and saliva separation. The only problem is that dogs are reluctant to accept such a treat. There is also nothing criminal about tangerines, grapefruits, and oranges if you give them to an animal in small quantities. It is important to remember that most often the negative reaction of the body is caused by red fruits, so refrain from Sicilian orange. You can give citrus fruits to dogs, but in no case together with the skin. In itself, it is safe and does not contain dangerous substances, but we should not forget that exotic fruits come to us from far away and are processed with a preservative composition, which is categorically not recommended to eat either people or animals.

Nutrition issues for each pet are strictly individual.



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