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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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JUNE 2008


LIFE WITH LEMONS

 


We have a most beautiful healthy lemon tree which is currently heavily pregnant with fruit.

This mother tree produces lemons twice a year, around April and October, brilliant yellow, swollen lemons which exude the freshest, lemony aroma.

Our lemon tree is a happy tree because it is allowed to be just the sort of tree it wants to be. We do not medicate it or even prune it; we simply water it during the hot, dry months

Here in Aegina, I still derive pleasure from asking the family to go out and pick some lemons. Once they are picked up from the ground or plucked from the tree, I love observing their colourful brilliance and when I slice a knife through their un-waxed skins, the most wonderful astringent smell wafts around the kitchen. Such versatile fruit, their uses are numerous. For example:

I recently squeezed 50 lemons and used the juice to produce the tastiest lemonade which I combined with root ginger.

I also filled another bottle with unsweetened lemon juice which I use to add to orange juice to augment the vitamin c levels. Being readily available in a bottle, it is on hand for all sorts of recipes as well as for pouring over salads.

Excess juice was put into ice trays and has since been frozen into ice-cubes( which slip neatly into gin and tonic).

Feeling particularly domestic, I boiled the lemon skins in water for half an hour and then allowed them to cool. The water was quite oily but smelt exquisite, so I decanted some of it into glass bottles and added a small quantity of olive oil. These now stand in the bathroom to be used as shower gel.

 The lemon skins are kept in the fridge which our teenagers use to rub into their facial skin ( when advised by mother) This seems to be an effective treatment for mild acne. They are just the right shape too for massaging and softening the hard skin on heels and elbows

More recently, I used some of the excess fluid to make an ecological cleaning fluid.

This is what I used:

1 litre of lemon exudate ( the water left over from boiling lemon skins)

A small cup full of cooking salt

Grated shavings from an old bar of carbolic soap.

Mix them all together ,pour into a glass bottle and stand in strong sunlight so that the soap shavings melt into the lemon  water and salt.

Shake gently before use.

This solution leaves kitchen sinks clean and sparkling without any need for conventional bleach.

 

·         If you have any tips on uses of lemon juice, write them down and e-mail them to info@aeginahomeandliving.com

 

Alison Lorentzos   copyright 2008

 

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