A whole lemon next to a half lemon

How to select

Choose firm lemons that feel heavy with firm, smooth skin.

How to prepare

Rinse lemons under running water and pat dry with a clean cloth or towel. Cut lemons into slices or wedges.

How to store

Keep lemons in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Add lemon slices or wedges to water for a boost of refreshing flavor. 
  • Squeeze lemon juice over seafood and vegetable dishes. 
  • Roast lemons to add flavor to savory dishes.

Fun facts

  • Lemons are actually classified as a type of berry known as hesperidia. 
  • Lemon trees can live up to 100 years. 
  • On average, lemon trees produce 600 pounds of lemons each year. 
  • 95% of the U.S.'s lemons come from California and Arizona.

Nutrition info and facts

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, minerals, and essential oils. Consuming lemons can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and kidney stones. Lemons contain antioxidants including hesperidin, diosmin, and eriocitrin. Lemons are88-89% water.

1/2 cup raw, peeled lemon = 29 calories, 1 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g sugar, 3 g fiber

Learn more

Growing citrus indoors (UMN Extension)

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