When Life Gives You Lemons

Circle of Food blog

Courtesy: Limoneira.com

How did the lemon get a bad rap? Did you know there are lemon laws in all 50 states in order to protect consumers from defective vehicles? But why lemons? Why shouldn’t these laws be named after grapes like a sour grapes law?

Laws aside, the little sunny lemon should be celebrated for the gift of nature that it is.

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade. Who doesn’t like lemonade especially on a hot summer day?

A few months ago, the Limoneira company in Santa Paula, Calif. sent Circle of Food a beautiful box of their sustainable and humanely produced lemons. Rural Santa Paula is a scenic agricultural region in Ventura county situated amidst the orchards of the fertile Santa Clara River Valley and is known as the citrus capital of the world.

Water is of course a premium in California so employing smart water management is key. Limoneira harnesses solar energy, diverts soil erosion and maintains geographic and crop diversity. The company also harvests fruit in a way that is safe for employees and limits fruit damage and disease. Employee safety as well as food safety is a priority. Limoneira provides housing for farm workers and funds for community and educational programs.

August 20 is National Lemonade Day. Treat yourself and your friends to a glass of fresh lemonade. You can upgrade it with a few sprigs of fresh mint or basil or if you prefer – muddle your mint. Drop melon balls into the lemonade for color. Add thinly sliced cucumbers or minced ginger. Just for fun, make ice cubes but put fresh berries into each cube. Try these easy recipes: Very Berry Lemonade and Iced Tea Lemonade.

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