Aktualisiert: Feb 10
Since we live in Berlin (Germany), life does not gives us lemons, like it's the case with some Mediterranean countries. We have to purchase them, unfortunately.
But we don't mind, knowing how exceptional they turn out with a simple addition of salt, warmth & a bit of time!
So, we start with Organic (BIO) lemons to avoid the pesticides & fungicides.
We wash them, cut them & "stuff" them with unrefined sea salt.
Then, we pack them tightly into 5 L jars.
Next, we add some filtered & revitalized water and the lemons are ready for fermentation.
From now, it'll take from 3-6 months for them to be ready. The time depends on temperature.
Here are some of them getting some warmth on our display window.
And even more, in this display with Fermented Jalapeños.
When they are done, they can be picked up at our place in glass jars, by the piece (meaning the whole lemon)
We love using them ourselves. And this process of fermentation makes them very delicious. Also salt removes the bitter flavor, so they taste less tart & more citrusy. Besides, lemons & their juice are very healthy. There's a lot of information about them online. Below is just a sniplet taken from Heather Goesh's blog (1*):
" Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium. In addition to its importance for immunity and skin health, vitamin C has potent antioxidant properties to neutralize free radicals and protect cells and blood vessels from damage and inflammation, while potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
Studies have shown that regular moderate intake of soluble pectin fiber — found predominantly in the peel — promotes long-lasting fullness, can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and decrease risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease and diabetes.
Limonene is a type of phytochemical (beneficial plant compounds) concentrated in citrus fruit. Limonene is currently being studied for anti-carcinogenic properties, specifically its potential ability to prevent growth and spread of human colon and breast cancer cells."
We use these lemons in our Fermented Jalapeños. But these lemons can be used in a multiple ways. They can be pureed with olive oil & tahini paste to make a simple salad dressing. They can be chopped & sprinkled on top of a grilled asparagus:
Or used to make Hummus, like the one with smoked Spanish paprika:
So, the possibilities are endless!
Ingredients: Lemons, unrefined Sea Salt, filtered & revitalized water.
To purchase one of those lemons through our online store, please click here: Preserved Lemon
Disclaimer: All medical information in this post is merely information & not advise. If you need medical advice, please consult your doctor or other appropriate medical professional.