Everyone knows the lemon’s invigorating effects – the crisp, clean scent that captivates the senses, the notably sour taste that makes the lips pucker and the fresh, zesty tang that lingers on the tongue. Lemons brighten up any recipe with their vibrant color and refreshing zing.

All parts of this delightful fruit – its juice, pulp and peel – can be used. Grown from a small evergreen tree native to Asia and now cultivated worldwide, lemons are well-known for their culinary attributes. But lemons are as practical as they are edible: Their essential oils can be extracted and used as an enticing fragrance and flavor ingredient that truly captures the essence and allure of this beloved citrus.

 Lemons are also high in vitamin C, soluble fiber and plant compounds that give these handy little fruits many health benefits. Lemons can boost metabolism and promote weight loss, and can reduce the risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, cancer and digestive issues.