I'm convinced the gods must have been wanting for a little sun when they invented the lemon. Lemons evoke sunshine in every
way-from their cheery, yellow complexion and squeaky-clean scent to the fresh, bright flavor they impart to any dish.
Though lemons are available at the supermarket year-round, their peak season comes at the perfect time of year, in winter,
when most of us are suffering from too many gray days in a row. That's when I'm craving them most-when other fresh produce is
harder to come by and I need a hit of vitamin C. (Vitamin C
is well known for helping to protect
you from infection and heal wounds and cuts. It may also keep skin smooth, improve heart health and even help reduce risk of
cancer and stroke.)
I always tend to keep a few lemons in the produce drawer so I have them on hand for salad dressings, soups and stir-fries.
You never know when a lemon might come in handy. Here are some of EatingWell editors' favorite uses for lemons-beyond
cooking. What would you add to the list?