It may be a small, yellow citrus fruit, but it sure can pack a lot of punch. So sit back with a cold glass of lemonade and read these fun facts on lemons: Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 1.03.33 PM

  • There are at least 50 varieties of lemons.
  • The word lemon is believed to have been derived from Asian language words for “sour” or “sour fruit.”
  • Lemons were once so rare that kings presented them as gifts to one another.
  • During the European Renaissance, ladies would use lemon juice to redden their lips.
  • In 1493 Christopher Columbus brought the first lemon seeds to Haiti, and then brought its cultivation to America.
  • California and Arizona produce 95% of the entire U.S. lemon crop.
  • Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year-round. Each tree produces between 500-600 lbs. of lemons in a year.
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice has only 4 calories per tablespoon.
  • The average lemon has about eight seeds.
  • Sprinkling lemon juice on sliced apples, avocados and bananas will help keep them from oxidizing and turning brown.
  • Because of their high content of Vitamin C, the British Royal Navy loaded their ships’ stores with lemon to help sailors combat scurvy, which is caused by Vitamin C deficiency.
  • Lemon oil is often used on the unsealed rosewood fingerboards of guitars and other stringed instruments.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s heaviest lemon weighed 11 pounds, 9.7 ounces, and was harvested on January 8, 2003 by Israeli farmer Aharon Shemoel.
  • Lemons are believed to stimulate metabolism.

This tart fruit is sure to make your summer sweet! Stop by your local Sparkle Market and pick up your fresh lemons today!