Although lemons supposedly originated in Asia, they quickly became popular on the African and European continents as well. The wealthy victorian class displayed small lemon trees in their homes as a sign of wealth and to keep the air smelling fresh. Lemons were also used for medicinal purposes like reducing fevers, shortening colds and other immune system problems. Today lemons are just as powerful as in times of old. They are packed with vitamins and minerals that fight off bacteria and viruses, aid in digestion, and so much more.
Years ago my family lived in Egypt and my mom picked up this recipe. It has been one of my favorites ever since. It captures the essential oils from the lemon rind, nutrients from the pith, the juice and fiber from the pulp, and any hidden goodness left in the seeds.
So pucker up and get ready for this Egyptian version of lemonade:
- Wash 2 lemons and cut into wedges
- Place all lemon wedges in blender (peel, seeds and all)
- Fill blender with cold water (about 8 cups)
- Add 1/2 cup sugar (agave, honey, stevia, other sweeteners are also fun to try)
- Add 1 scoop of ice (optional)
- Blend for 1 minute
- Pour through a strainer into a pitcher and ENJOY!!!
Depending on your taste buds, you may want to add more or less sugar, ice, water, etc. Try a few different options and see how you like it best. You can also add fresh strawberries (stems and all) for Strawberry Lemonade. If you have limes sitting around try making Limeade too.
What’s your favorite way to eat Lemons?