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What is lemon? About the ingredient lemon. Including 1,588 recipes with lemon, nutrition data, and where to find it.


The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons of juice. Allowing lemons to come to room temperature before squeezing (or heating briefly in a microwave) makes the juice easier to extract. Lemons left unrefrigerated for long periods of time are susceptible to mold.

Lemon juice, rind, and zest are used in a wide variety of culinary applications:

Lemon juice is used to make lemonade, in soft drinks, and as a marinade for both fish, where its acid neutralizes amines in fish by converting them into nonvolatile ammonium salts, and meat, where the acid partially hydrolyzes tough collagen fibers tenderizing the meat.

  • Lemon juice is also used as a short-term preservative on certain foods that tend to oxidize and turn brown after being sliced, such as apples, bananas and avocados, where its acid denatures the enzymes which cause browning and degradation. Lemon juice and rind are used to make marmalade and lemon liqueur.

  • Lemon slices and lemon rind are used a garnish for both food and drinks.

  • Lemon zest, the grated rind of the fruit, is used to add flavor to baked goods, puddings, rice and other dishes.

  • Pickled lemons are a Moroccan delicacy.

Lemon can be used for a number of other applications, see the following articles:

The Power of Lemons


When life gives you lemons


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (244g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 61Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21.1g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5.9
Protein 0.9g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 187%
Calcium 2% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Lemon is usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Lemon is a member of the Fruits and Fruit Juices USDA nutritional food group.

How much does lemon weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 244
1 fl oz 30
1 lemon yields 47
1 wedge yields 5

In Chinese:柠檬
British (UK) term: Lemon
en français:citron
en español:limón

Recipes using lemon

There are 1570 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Almost Whole Wheat Lemon and Berry Muffins
Almost Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Amazing Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with Lemon Glaze
Apple  Celery and Walnut Salad
Apple Beet Salad with Creamy Diil Dressing
Apple, Celery Salad with Creamy Toasted Walnuts Dressing
Apple-Apricot Strudel
Apple-Apricot Strudel

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