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The lemon (Citrus limon) is a species of small evergreen trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to Asia, primarily Northeast India (Assam), Northern Myanmar or China.

In the food context, 'lemon' refers to a citrus fruit with a sour and acidic taste, commonly used in cooking and baking for its unique flavor and acidity. Here are some examples of different ways that lemons can be used in food:

  1. Lemonade - a refreshing drink made with lemon juice, water, and sugar.
  2. Lemon chicken - a savory dish made with chicken cooked in a lemon sauce or marinade.
  3. Lemon vinaigrette - a salad dressing made with lemon juice, oil, and other seasonings.
  4. Lemon tart - a dessert made with a shortcrust pastry crust filled with a creamy lemon filling.
  5. Lemon sorbet - a frozen dessert made with lemon juice, sugar, and water.
  6. Lemon meringue pie - a dessert made with a pastry crust, lemon filling, and a fluffy meringue topping.
  7. Lemon pepper seasoning - a spice blend made with lemon zest and black pepper, commonly used to season chicken, fish, or vegetables.
  8. Lemon curd - a sweet spread made with lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and butter, commonly used as a filling for cakes or tarts.
  9. Lemon garlic shrimp - a savory dish made with shrimp cooked in a lemon garlic sauce.
  10. Lemon herb roasted potatoes - a side dish made with roasted potatoes seasoned with lemon juice, herbs, and spices.


Lemons are a versatile ingredient used in a variety of cuisines, and their acidic flavor can help to brighten and balance other flavors in dishes. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and are commonly used in baking, marinades, dressings, and sauces.

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