Sharing The Results of My Personal Study of Lemons
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.
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.
- Lemonade that quenches our thirsts.
- Lemon candy to melt in our mouth when we are between meals.
- Lemon cough drops when we have a nasty cough.
- Lemon meringue pie that causes us to swallow our tongues because of it being so delicious.
- Lemon icebox pie that requires no cooking, just whip it out of your icebox, cut, serve and enjoy.
- Lemon martini’s.
- Lemon peppered chicken.
- “Lemon Tree,” a music standard recorded by singing legend, Trini Lopez.
- Many crooked used car dealers are behind bars thanks to customers who found out that they were sold a “lemon.”
- A furniture wax company made a few million from its slogan: “Try lemony-fresh, (NAME OF PRODUCT).”
- Lots of people have jobs thanks to the lemon farmers.
- 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:
- Refining of gasoline.
- Men’s shaving cream and manly-body wash.
- Pet food.
- Commercial fertilizer.
- Diesel fuel.
- Medicines for humans.
- Medicines for pets.
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.
Lemons, we love you!
Here are some never-before-revealed hard facts that concern lemons:
- 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.
- 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.
- There has never been a “Lemon Creature,” featured in vintage horror movies.
- A Saturday morning children’s show has never revolved around lemons.
- New parents have never used lemon as part of their new baby’s name. (e.g. “Tommy Lemon Taylor.)
- Lemons were never used as mind-expanding drugs by anyone who joined the “Drug Culture,” of the 60’s.
- You cannot get high by smoking dried lemon skins
- Jimi Hendrix and other hard-rock musicians never wrote hit songs about lemons.
- Lemons were not used as appetizers on the maiden-voyage of the Hindenberg.
- No sport has ever been named after the lemon. Who ever heard of “Lemon Ball?”
- Sucking on a raw lemon (with no sugar) will help clear your voice if you are a singer.
- Lemons were never used as weapons in any known Hillbilly feud.
- You cannot get arrested for selling fresh lemons on the street
- 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.