When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! And when life hands you a chance to celebrate National Lemon Juice Day on August 29, do it! This puckery fruit may be hard to taste all on its own, but it’s a versatile addition to many of your favorite drinks, dishes, and even wellness concoctions.
Lemons are the main ingredient in one of America’s favorite summertime beverages and a necessary accessory to any seafood feast. But don’t just drink the juice: use the oil from the lemon rind to make a nontoxic insect repellant or spray the juice on your hair to give it a lighter, beachier color! The options for lemons are endless!
When is National Lemon Juice Day 2024?
The citrusy tangy lemon juice is celebrated on August 29.
History of National Lemon Juice Day
You know what they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! You can make all the lemonade you want, and more, on National Lemon Juice Day. Intense and zesty on its own, lemon juice is versatile as an ingredient in countless dishes, and drinks. Soft drinks, liqueur, cocktails, and sodas can all use a splash of lemon juice. Also used in marinades and meal prep, lemon juice creates a distinct flavor, and is also handy as a quick preservative.
Lemons have been around forever but were first introduced to the New World in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Since then, lemons became a staple in households, for medicinal uses, and were also seen at one point as a sign of wealth.
There is more to a lemon than just the flavor and its acidic properties. Lemon juice is used in herbal remedies, it is a quick fix for many ailments, and is even used for preparing at-home beauty treatments. Many Ayurvedic recipes use lemon juice for adjusting pH balance or as a stabilizer for other ingredients.
Lemon juice is also very popular for the detoxification of the body. Lemon juice mixed with water offers a complete cleanse for the digestive system, and many celebrities swear by it, too!
National Lemon Juice Day timeline
Christopher Columbus brings lemons to The New World.
Lemons are a sign of wealth and their trees are grown outside of homes to show affluence and provide fragrant smells to passersby.
"Lemon" is a common name for both boys and girls.
The demand for lemons and their scurvy-preventing properties peak during the California Gold Rush.
National Lemon Juice Day By The Numbers
2 – the number of types of lemons — sweet and acidic.
600 pounds – the number of lemons that lemon trees can produce every year.
1493 – the year when Christopher Columbus introduced lemon seeds in America.
5–6% – the percentage of citric acid in lemon juice.
500 – the number of lemons needed to power a flashlight bulb.
12 pounds – the approximate weight of the heaviest lemon recorded in 2003.
100,000 – the amount by which lemons are more acidic than water.
3 million – the amount in tons of lemons produced in India per year.
50 – the age up to which a lemon tree can live.
2–4 inches – the size of a lemon leaf.
National Lemon Juice Day FAQs
Is it safe to have two lemons a day?
The juice of two lemons a day is ideal for staying hydrated during summers, provided that it is diluted well with water.
Is it bad to drink lemon juice every day?
It is perfectly healthy to have lemon juice mixed with water every day, but if consumed excessively, it can lead to damaging side effects such as enamel erosion.
Why put a lemon next to your bed?
Placing lemon slices close to your bed removes toxins from the air and aids in sleep as lemon is a natural stress-reliever.
National Lemon Juice Day Activities
Use it to make something great
Try out a Lemon Drop drink by mixing together lemon juice, vodka, and simple syrup for a refreshing beverage that’s not too sweet and not too sour. For dinner, make a one-pan dish of lemon rosemary garlic chicken and potatoes. With just a little olive oil, lemon juice, capers, and a few other spices for good measure, this chicken and potatoes dish is sure to please. For dessert, lemon pie bars, a sweet dish with a graham cracker crust and a tart lemon topping.
Put up a lemonade stand
Both kids and kids at heart can appreciate the fun of a lemonade stand. Don’t worry about going all out on the stand itself — pay attention to the product! Make the lemonade from scratch or use good ol’ Country Time for your patrons. Make sure you have enough cups and juice to go around. Add a little oomph to the stand by including some tasty (lemon!) treats to go along with the juice.
Splurge on a trip to the French Riviera’s Lemon Festival
Held every year in February and March to celebrate the end of winter, the French Riviera’s famous Bioves Garden is filled with statues made of citrus fruits. Complete with floats and large installations, the festival runs for three weeks and uses more than 145 tons of fruit.
5 Juicy Household Uses For Lemons
Remove water spots
Use lemon juice to remove stubborn watermarks from glass doors.
Lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent, so throw your whites into boiling water with a couple of lemon halves.
For natural highlights in your hair, apply lemon juice daily for a week.
Deodorize a humidifier
Use three teaspoons of lemon juice to enhance and cleanse the smell of a humidifier.
Clean your toilet
Mix lemon juice with borax to thoroughly clean toilet bowls.
Why We Love National Lemon Juice Day
Lemon juice is good for you
Lemon juice is really a cure for whatever ails you. Drinking a little every day can help prevent kidney stones. Having some first thing in the morning promotes digestion and a speedy metabolism. If you feel a cold coming on, put a little lemon juice and honey in some warm water to sooth your throat. It can even help bring down a high temperature.
It’s not just to drink
The uses for lemon juice are almost endless. Run out of deodorant? Use a little lemon juice to keep away those odors. Remove smudges and stains on glass with lemon juice in a spray bottle or sponge. Add some lemon juice to your laundry to make whites even whiter. It will even preserve fruits and vegetables — just squirt a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning.
Because Beyoncé said so
Beyoncé’s 2016 album, "Lemonade," was a widespread hit for both critics and fans. First released for streaming online, the album sold more than 650,000 copies in its first week. The title, "Lemonade," pays tribute to Beyonce’s grandmother, who made lemonade out of lemons.
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