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! The 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!
National Lemon Juice Day - History
Lemon is a common name for both boys and girls
Lemons are a sign of wealth and their trees are grown outside of homes to show affluence and provide fragrant smells
Christopher Columbus brings lemons to The New World
National Lemon Juice Day Activities
1. 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 to sweet and not to 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. Then, for dessert, try lemon pie bars, a sweet dish with a graham cracker crust and a tart lemon topping.
2. 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 enough to go around. Add a little oomph to the stand by including some tasty (lemon!) treats to go along with the juice.
3. Plan your trip for the French Riviera’s annual 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.
Why We Love National Lemon Juice Day
A. 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 are feeling a cold coming on, put a little lemon juice and honey in some warm water to sooth your throat. It can even help lessen a high temperature.
B. 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.
C. 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. As told by Beyoncé, “Take one pint of water, add a half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon. Pour the water into one, then to another several times. Strain through a clean napkin. Grandmother. The alchemist. You spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen.”