If you are sitting there in the boring room and it's just another rainy Sunday afternoon, if you are wasting your time and got nothing to do, you decide driving around in your car.
As you'd like to change your point of view you, you are driving too fast and too far, you feel so lonely and you wonder how and why yesterday somebody told you about the blue, blue sky and all that you can see is just a yellow lemon-tree.
If all of these are touching familiar strings of the 90s hit in your head…. Then let’s dig deeper to what became the Fools Garden’s inspiration of this song.
The lemon tree grows 3-7 meters high and the genetic research shows that it’s a hybrid of sour orange and citron. Lemon juice, zest, and the flesh are all used in similar quantities and not only in culinary. A combination of salt or flour with lemon acid thoroughly cleans copper utensils. Lemon juice removes fat, stains, and ensures disinfection. Lemon oil is often a part of various aromatherapy kits.
In terms of gastronomy, first of all, we obviously think of lemonade. Lemon combined with sugar and water (also with mint or basil) creates an ideal refreshing beverage. An experienced cook will definitely think of lemon when cooking meat and fish, as lemon acid dissolved collagen in meat and softens the marinade. As for fish, acid turns amines into ammonium salts, which evaporates specific fishy smell, while enhances its taste. Zest is regularly used in salads, sauces, and cakes.
Pay attention to the color and weight of your lemon when purchasing. It should feel heavier to its size and should have a good bright yellow color. Pale yellow lemon means that you'll get less juice than expected. If your aim is squeezing juice, you better get a lemon with thin and smooth skin, while if you need zest – take a thick lemon with rugged skin.
In order to get as much juice as possible, leave the lemon at a room temperature and softly squeeze with your hands to separate flesh fiber in advance before actually pressing the juice out.