While the exact origin of the lemon hasn’t been definitely established, researchers speculate that the fruit may have first grown in the southern regions of India. A study of its genetic origins identify it as a hybrid, a cross between the bitter orange (itself a hybrid) and the citron (Citrus medica).
It was in the 1st century A.D. that lemons came into Europe via southern Italy. Back then, the plant was mostly considered ornamental and its fruit was not widely consumed as it is today. The first substantial European cultivation of lemons only happened in the 15th century. It was in the same period that the seeds of the fruit were brought to the New World.
The Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this fruit as there are risks as well as health benefits. Continue reading to learn the pros and cons of lemons.