Sharing The Results of My Personal Study of Lemons

I don't have to tell you what these are
I don't have to tell you what these are

Lemon, your time has come

The lowly lemon would have to be, in my estimation, the most-underrated, under-appreciated fruit on earth. This statement is so true that it saddens me to write it. Have you ever thought of lemons in these terms? Probably not. You were like the rest of us, guzzling ice-cold lemonade at your Fourth of July celebration and having too much fun to stop and show the lemon a moment of your appreciation.

The lemon is not the most-attractive fruit such as said about the majestic orange, but personally I think that the lemon does not care that much about its exterior, just the interior that helps mankind in several ways.

Just a few ways that the lemon is so beneficial.

Aren't these lemons so lovely?
Aren't these lemons so lovely?

The History of Lemons Revealed

The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia. The tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade, lemon meringue pie and other delicacies.

Lemons were known to the Jews of Jerusalem, who, according to Josephus, pelted an errant high priest with them during a festival in the 90s BC, although Jewish tradition maintains this was done with citrons, not lemons. They entered Europe near southern Italy no later than the first century AD, during the time of Ancient Rome. However, they were not widely cultivated. They were later introduced to Persia and then to Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD.

The lemon was first recorded in literature in a 10th-century Arabic treatise on farming, and was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens. It was distributed widely throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region between 1000 and 1150.

Source: WiKiPedia

  1. Lemonade that quenches our thirsts.
  2. Lemon candy to melt in our mouth when we are between meals.
  3. Lemon cough drops when we have a nasty cough.
  4. Lemon meringue pie that causes us to swallow our tongues because of it being so delicious.
  5. Lemon icebox pie that requires no cooking, just whip it out of your icebox, cut, serve and enjoy.
  6. Lemon martini’s.
  7. Lemon peppered chicken.
  8. “Lemon Tree,” a music standard recorded by singing legend, Trini Lopez.
  9. Many crooked used car dealers are behind bars thanks to customers who found out that they were sold a “lemon.”
  10. A furniture wax company made a few million from its slogan: “Try lemony-fresh, (NAME OF PRODUCT).”
  11. Lots of people have jobs thanks to the lemon farmers.
  12. The Lemon Pipers, a successful psychedelic pop band in 1968 famous for the song, “Green Tambourine,” and “Jelly Jungle.” The band recorded on Buddah records.

And these are just for starters.

Here are a few things where a lemon is not used:

  1. Refining of gasoline.
  2. Men’s shaving cream and manly-body wash.
  3. Shampoo.
  4. Pet food.
  5. Commercial fertilizer.
  6. Diesel fuel.
  7. Medicines for humans.
  8. Medicines for pets.
  9. Insecticides.

Proof that the Lemon Pipers do exist

The Lemon Pipers, in brief

The Lemon Pipers were a 60's psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, best-rememberd for their super-hit, "Green Tambourine," that went to No. 1 in the United States in 1968. The Lemon Pipers were made up of singer Dale "Ivan" Browne (born 1947), guitarist William Bartlett (born 1946, South Harrow, Middlesex, England), keyboardist Robert G. "Reg" Nave (born 1945), drummer William E. Albaugh (1948–1999), and bassist Steve Walmsley (born 1948, Cleveland, Ohio ) who replaced the original bass guitarist Ron "Dude" Dudek.

The band then recruited Miami University student Browne as frontman, and also engaged Ohio music-industry impresario Mark Barger, who steered the Lemon Pipers to Buddah Records, then run by Neil Bogart. The Lemon Pipers, relying in part on advice from Barger, agreed to enter into a recording contract and music publishing deal with Buddah. The group began playing larger auditorium and concert hall venues around the US, including an appearance at Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.

Source: WikiPedia

Lemons, we love you!

An employed American inspects the lemons going to market
An employed American inspects the lemons going to market
Lemon icebox pie
Lemon icebox pie
Lemon Meringue pie
Lemon Meringue pie
Lemonade: The All- American drink
Lemonade: The All- American drink

Here are some never-before-revealed hard facts that concern lemons:

  1. Lemonade was the first fruit where the suffix, “ade,” was used and accepted by society. The jealous orange has and always will have trouble making us believe that “orangeade,” is a viable drink.
  2. Our military forces who fought in all of the wars including World War(s) I and II, including Vietnam, never carried or were issued lemons (in any form) to carry in their backpacks.
  3. There has never been a “Lemon Creature,” featured in vintage horror movies.
  4. A Saturday morning children’s show has never revolved around lemons.
  5. New parents have never used lemon as part of their new baby’s name. (e.g. “Tommy Lemon Taylor.)
  6. Lemons were never used as mind-expanding drugs by anyone who joined the “Drug Culture,” of the 60’s.
  7. You cannot get high by smoking dried lemon skins
  8. Jimi Hendrix and other hard-rock musicians never wrote hit songs about lemons.
  9. Lemons were not used as appetizers on the maiden-voyage of the Hindenberg.
  10. No sport has ever been named after the lemon. Who ever heard of “Lemon Ball?”
  11. Sucking on a raw lemon (with no sugar) will help clear your voice if you are a singer.
  12. Lemons were never used as weapons in any known Hillbilly feud.
  13. You cannot get arrested for selling fresh lemons on the street
  14. No male hero of any movie or television show, western, drama, or comedy, ever gave their girlfriend a basket of lemons as a token of their love.

Yes, America, we owe a lot to the poor, misunderstood lemon. A lot. Just think of your next Fourth of July celebration without everyone’s favorite: Lemonade. And when Thanksgiving and Christmas rolls around, what if there were no lemon bars to soothe that sweet tooth? I could go on, but you get the point.

I truly believe that we, the members of HubPages, should start a nationwide campaign to get the Federal Government to pass legislation to make a certain day of the year, National Lemon Day. I am serious. What harm would it do to give this lowly, sacrificial fruit, some belated appreciation?

And our labors to turn this idea into a reality would not “leave a sour taste” in our mouth.

Be honest, do you really appreciate lemons?

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Hooray for the lemon. I just love lemons. Green Tamborine is an old favorite.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Who knew that a lemon had such a rich and varied history. I will never look at a lemon in the same way again!


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PAINTDRIPS 2 years ago from Fresno CA

Ok, you make me laugh. Admittedly, lemons are a woefully misunderstood fruit. Leave it to you to straighten this out!


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Everything I never knew about lemons. What I want to know is how you know you can't get high from smoking dried lemon skins. Did you try it at some point in your life? LOL! I'll add a positive fact about lemons for you. Back in the 1700s, the British navy first started giving out lemon rations to the sailors to prevent scurvy.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear sheilamyers,

Thanks so much, dear friend. I appreciate your input, especially the one about the British navy. That is soooooooo cool. I love it. Thank you for sharing this.

And no, I haven't tried lemon skins to get high. That would be one "sour" ordeal. LOL.

Thanks for being my dear friend.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, PAINTDRIPS,

Thank you, dear heart, for the kind words. I did this because when I pass by the lemons in the grocery store, I get so sorry for them having to compete with the lovely oranges, pineapples and other flashy fruit.

I am an old softie.

Please visit with me anytime you like.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, BreakfastPop,

Nice to see you again. Have you been doing okay? Thank you for such a kind remark about the lowly lemon.

On behalf of lemon farmers everywhere, God bless you.

Seriously. Stay in touch with me.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Eric,

You are an inspiration to all who do not know the value of a lemon. Thanks for supporting my cause.

I can hear it now: "And now for teaching us all about the lemon, this year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to . . ."

I best start my acceptance speech, huh?


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South

I have always loved lemons and have grown a couple of miniature lemon trees (unfortunately they eventually died). There is nothing that smells better than lemon blossoms! I use lemon almost always instead of vinegar. Great hub!


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B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

I am a lover of lemons and proud of it!!! I keep a big bowl of them in my kitchen for lemon water, cooking and salads, and I use the ends to rub down my cutting boards to remove garlic and onion odor. They are nature's perfect orbs of sunshine!! = )


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Catgypsy,

Thank you kindly for your sweet comment. I am sorry about the lemon trees. And you are right. Lemon smells so good at any time of the year. Reading your hub creates a craving in me to get some lemonade.

Yum.

Love ya, Kenneth, family and cats.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear B Lucy,

Thank you too for also loving lemons. My dad had this habit of some times just cutting one in half and putting the other half in his mouth for her loved sour food. And sourkraut was his favorite with cornbread. Oh my goodness. I am now hungry again.

Thanks to you both, my good friends, for visiting me and come back soon.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Gosh, I'd forgotten all about the Lemon Pipers! Loved 'Green Tambourine'!

Lemons are essential to go with Gin & Tonic, with ice. Lemon Meringue is one of the best desserts out and lemons are great for the skin. What more could one want? Well, maybe another G&T!

Lots of interesting info here too, kenneth. Great hub, full of fun.. and lemons.

Ann


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

You have a lot of interesting facts here, Kenneth. Thumbs up!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok,

Thank you, my good friend. I appreciate your comments more than you know.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, annart,

Thank you, dear friend, for remembering "Green Tambourine." It makes me feel great when one of my followers can relate to something or someone I loved.

"Jelly Jungle" was a great song too.

Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment on this hub.


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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

Loved this article about lemons. We have some growing in our yard, and use them frequently.

Want to know an unusual use for lemons? It is an old-fashioned one, but it always works for me. On RARE occasion, when I have a headache, I split a lemon in half, and rub one half thoroughly over my forehead - cut side to the skin, of course!

Within a matter of minutes - the headache is gone - and, I smell like a fresh lemon!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Shades-of-Truth,

Thank you sincerely for the sweet comment and your valuable use of the lemon for headaches.

I will try this and pass it along to someone I know who suffers from headaches. God bless you for doing this.

And a big thank you for your following me. I do cherish all of my followers and now this includes you.

Keep up the fine work and stay in touch.


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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

The pleasure is mine, and I'll take that blessing. He has been good to me and mine, and all - if the truth was believed. Lemons are one of his most interesting creations.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Shades-of-Truth,

Awww, how sweet, or sour, LOL, of you to say. It is MY distinct pleasure to meet someone with a talent like yours.

He has been good to me also. Better to me than I have Him. I agree about the interesting creation: Lemons.

And just tuink, even opossums play a part in His plans. There is a hub idea in there for you. Not me. I am very tired and now going to chill.

YOU keep up the fine work and stay in touch, my new friend and follower whom I appreciate.


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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

Ditto, Kenneth...


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no body 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

I wonder if it was the lemon and its fame that Seth McFarlain was thinking of when he made his now-iconic cartoon character, Stewie Griffin. His head looks for all the world like a lemon with a face on it. Great job Ken. UP and Funny and interesting. Bob.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

nobody,

Thank you for the probing comment. I never thought of that about Stewie. Wow. All of this time. I appreciate you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Sweet friend, ShadesofTruth,

I have craved old-fashioned lemonade since this hub was published. I am a victim of my own lemon.

A feeble attempt to be funny. I have been dealing with Yahoo Mail since Sept. 30, they have a bug and cannot load mail. It is not Oct. 30, and I am still at a standstill.

Pray for this problem, please. Thank you.


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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

Got it, Kenneth!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Shades-of-Truth,

Thank you, dear friend. It worked. A thought of opening a new Yahoo Mail account kept popping-up in my head and I did it. Now, thank God, I can get HP comments from my great followers.

And you are a Very Special Friend. God bless you. Stay in touch.


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Shades-of-truth 2 years ago from USA

Will do, my dear!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Shades-of-truth,

Aweee, how sweet. You are serious, right?

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