Lemons can easily be found almost everywhere in the local markets or at the fruit sections in most grocery stores. Most of them may even be found easily in open fruits and vegetable bazaars and roadside or sidewalk stands where most of the newly harvested fruits of every kind are often sold daily.
In fact, looking for fresh lemons in any market or grocery store isn't really a hard thing to do. However, choosing the really fresh ones is another thing. Buying lemons from the way they look on the outside or how they are labeled by the supermarket vendors can sometimes be misleading.
There are a few important things that you should need to know whenever you buy citrus fruits such as lemons. Some of us may happen to just pick-and-pick and toss them in our shopping baskets or carts without even checking if we were really picking up the real fresh ones. Later, before we know it most of them will just go to waste before we will even have time to consume them.
Below are a few practical tips for buying fresh lemons:
1) If you're planning to use lemon peels as a zest for your salad dressings, or to add flavor in your baking such as lemon cakes, or in any other way where you'll be using the peel and eating them directly, then you should try to find naturally grown or certified organic lemons in the market if possible. This is very important since the skin of some non-organic lemons may probably have been sprayed with pesticides. If so, then your lemons won't be safe enough for raw eating, and so are the ones you used for your baking or cooking.
2) Choose lemons that are small, firm, quite heavy, and with rich bright yellow color. In my experience, I mostly get more juice from the smaller and firmer ones than from the larger lemons.
3) Avoid buying lemons that have dull yellowish color or with green spots. These fruits may be fresh but they may also have higher acidity content.
4) Look for lemons that feel smooth and are fine-grained, not lumpy. Coarse-grained or rough skin textures may be an old produce and are way past their prime. It may also be that their skins are thick and you won't get enough of the fruit or its juice inside and are more likely to have a lower nutritional value.
5) Lastly, prefer the ones with thinner skins. They are more likely to have more juice than the thick-skinned ones. Also, check carefully that their surfaces dont have punctures and molds growing. These are typical signs of spoiling or decay.
So the next time you go and visit the fruit section in your local market, don't forget to remember these very simple yet practical lemon-buying tips. This way, you'll be able to enjoy the many uses and benefits of having fresh lemons at home for yourself and your family. Lastly, don't forget to consume your lemons immediately if possible, or at least not later than a week especially if you are storing them in room temperature. On the other hand, lemons placed inside the fruit and vegetable compartment in the refrigerator have the tendency to last much more longer.