Lemons can be useful for several things including killing germs and taking care of bad odors.
Urban, suburban and rural pioneers can benefit from growing lemons.
What could be better than to pick fresh citrus from your own lemon or lime tree? Being able to pick fresh fruit from both!
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Exclusively from Nature Hills, the new Lemon and Lime tree ‘2n1’ is a lemon tree and a lime tree growing together in one portable container. You can enjoy the benefits of two individual, dwarf-sized trees growing in one space-saving container. Urban, rural or suburban pioneers who live in any growing zone can reap the fruitful benefits. There’s no need to plant them in the ground, just pop them on your patio, deck or rooftop garden and voilà—fresh lemons and limes whenever you need them.
Nature Hills has grown the super-popular Meyer lemon and Bearss lime together for convenience and enjoyment. These two varieties are slow growing and easily kept pruned to form a single, beautiful, multi-trunk tree.
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If you’re thinking that because you don’t live in Florida or California you can’t grow citrus, think again. These are two of the easiest citrus fruits to grow in any climate. When the temperature starts to get colder, simply bring your ‘2n1’ inside to a sunny spot and continue to enjoy fresh lemons and limes. The only extra attention these guys need is a double dose of fertilizer, since there are two robust trees growing in one pot. Otherwise, they are low-maintenance, great looking and easy to grow. Every couple of years you can transfer them to a bigger pot and continue to grow them together, or plant them in the ground. Lemon and Lime Tree ‘2n1’ sells for $100. For more information, visit naturehills.com or call 888-864-7663.
Lemon Facts From Nature Hills
- The lemon tree was likely introduced into southern Italy by 200 AD. Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to Hispaniola in 1493.
- Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, and are very low in fats, cholesterol and sodium. Lemon juice marinades are helpful for tenderizing meat. Just soak the meat until it is soft and tender.
- Lemon trees need to be placed in a sunny, well-drained location and be kept away from all frosts and freezes. Lemons like fertile soil with plenty of organic matter and they prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit will damage or kill the tree. If the tree has to remain outside, wrap it in a blanket. Lemon trees need watering once a week rather than a small amount every day. Regular moisture is a must.
5 Ways To Let Lemons Aid
1. Go Suck A Lemon: It may sound rude, but it is great advice for killing germs that cause bad breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth. The result is fresher breath and a cleaner mouth. Just remember to rinse with water. Prolonged exposure to the citric acid can damage tooth enamel.
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2. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia: Remember The Brady Bunch’s Jan Brady rubbing lemons on her face to remove those pesky freckles that contributed to her being trapped in her sister’s shadow? Turns out, Jan was right. Well, sort of. Lemon juice can help lighten dark spots. As we get older, dark spots can appear on the skin due to the natural aging process and sun exposure. The citric acid in lemons works to fight these signs of aging. Good job, Jan Brady. Go suck a lemon, Marcia!
3. Rub Away The Stink: Lemons can be great for neutralizing odor. Kitchen cutting boards are used to cut some potent stuff like garlic and onions. Those odors get stuck in the knife cuts and can make you think that the dinner from last night is still lingering in your kitchen the next morning. By simply rubbing lemon juice on surfaces you can remove the odor and freshen its smell. In addition, rub a little juice on your fingers after cutting garlic. It will take the stench off your hands immediately.
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4. Snuff Out Cold Symptoms: Lemons and lemon juice have been used for centuries to aid in fighting common cold-like illnesses. Have a sore throat? Lemon juice helps break up the mucous that could be causing that itchy-scratchy feeling in the back of your throat. Even the refreshing scent can relieve that icky nauseous feeling. So take a sniff for stomach relief. Your body will be glad that you did.
5. Wave A Magic Wand: Microwave ovens have a way of looking like a war went on inside. This includes those caked-on messes that need a lot more than elbow grease to clean off. Lemons to the rescue! Just place lemon wedges in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with water and heat in the microwave for three minutes or so. The acid and oils from the lemons will loosen the grime so that it can be easily wiped away. An added benefit is the fresh aroma that will envelop your kitchen. A cleaner and deodorizer in one! The next time life gives you lemons, put them to work. Oh, and one more thing—lemons are pretty good for making lemonade, too!
This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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