The word lemon is believed to have been derived from Asian language words meaning, "sour" or "sour fruit."
By the year 1299, the Mongolians had invented lemonade. The Crusades transplanted lemons to Europe, and Columbus is credited with bringing them to the Western Hemisphere on his second voyage. Wild lemon groves became commonplace in Florida until wiped out by a heavy freeze in 1894-95, after which there was very little replanting. California fruit growers then adopted the crop, with great impetus from the Gold Rush. Miners were willing to pay $1 each for lemons and oranges as a preventative for scurvy (due to their high vitamin C TipSummary).
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