Environment, Social Policies, Economics

LEMONS - 20TH DECEMBER, 2020

Becoming sustainable takes time and commitment and advocating everything within this website is not for everybody. However, should the reader take one or two things from its pages, that is better than doing nothing at all.

It would be possible, quite simply to write a book on the uses associated with the humble lemon that we all in some way take for granted. As an essence in chemical cleaning, or just using the rind alone once used for cooking. They are very effective for cleaning your nails. Obviously; hundreds if not thousands are used each year for baking and cooking. To accepted medical use with honey to ease a sore throat, very handy when one starts in the middle of the night when access to shops is impossible.

The beauty and ascetics of finding various purposes for one single plant-based item can easily lead one into the wonderful world, regarding the purpose of many. Born in the early 1950’s the author watched and learned such skills from her mother.

Advocating using whichever, search engine you prefer, distance memories and thoughts of “my mother used to do that with that” is a great way to jog memories and good comforting things. As time moves on the internet plus new purposes occur, and should you come across a requirement for citric acid, as you may find in recipes for making homemade wine lemon juice will do. Find an old Mrs. Beetons, cookery book where such recipes for making things happens.

Therefore; as a starter, look at the lemon from all perspectives. And from a sustainable perspective, buying fresh lemons is far, better than buying juice in a plastic bottle of any sort. Yet as mentioned sustainable living can be costly. At this present moment in time, with the BREXIT EXIT still unclear, this very basic fruit on the shelves like so many other tropical fruits may become limited to access for a while (until things settle down) plus possibly, more expensive in the New Year.

It is believed that Oranges in Christmas stockings started in 1930 during the Great Depression in the USA, when little else was available as  a present. Personally, there was always an orange in my stocking and the tradition continued again due to austerity following WWII whilst the orange was occasionally available. Lemons and Bananas disappeared off the shelves until rationing was over.

But our desire for citrus fruit and that valuable Vitamin C, (one vitamin that we wash through our system), is vital to our immune system and came to our shores via the orange in the 16th Century, initially seen as a medicine. And one remains fairly, certain it was such a use by indigenous people at that time, using such plants, that we Europeans saw, in a similar fashion: and how we became enamoured. Leaving one with the question. What right did and do explorer’s, country leaders have to condone such people, when they still have so much to offer the “civilised”? culture.

Those of the 16th and 17th Century, would not have known more, just knowing such fruits tasted good. Thankfully, we have moved on, pharmaceuticals can now generate Vitamin C and many others synthetically. In the authors childhood, Vitamin C tablets, Cod liver oil capsules and an iron tonic were dispensed too all five, from the End of September, through those long winter months to build our bodies resistance to colds, getting them still occurred, and certainly did not ward off colds..