When life gives you lemons...you preserve them!

Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2019


A correction - life does not give us lemons, as Berlin is way too cold for them to grow here. We have to buy them, unfortunately. But when we do, we're happy that with a simple one ingredient (salt), we are able to transform them into something exceptional.

(photo credit: https://www.harvesttotable.com)

Making them - is very simple.

We take organic (BIO) lemons

We wash them & cut their ends of:

Then we cut them in four quarters, but not all the way & then each one of them gets stuffed with about a teaspoon of unrefined Atlantic salt:

And they get stuffed, tightly into a glass jar

Next, we add some of the lemon juice from the previous fermentation & a bit of filtered & revitalized water. The juice stabilizes & speeds up this fermentation.

And then they sit & ferment for a minimum of 6 months:

Since the pressure builds up in the jar, they have to be "burped" quite often, at the beginning:

When they are done, then they get moved to a fridge. Now they are soft & with concentrated lemon flavor. Soft but not mushy, though!

Why make them like that? Numerous reasons. One, they are delicious. And you get the benefits of the whole fruit. Salt removes the bitter flavor, so they taste less tart & more citrusy. Also like Heather Goesh lovely put it in her 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."

Now, they are ready to 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 in a combination of avocado, like in this Halloumi-Avocado Sandwich:

Or used to make Hummus, like the one with smoked Spanish paprika:

So, the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients: Lemons, unrefined Sea Salt, starter liquid from previous fermentation + filtered & revitalized water .

Sources:

(1*) http://heathergnutrition.com/2015/05/preserved-lemons/

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.

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