California Organic Lemons might come in a variety of sizes:
California Organic Lemons grow on a tree in a variety of sizes. Larger and smaller lemons, with thicker skin and thinner skin, all grow on the same tree side by side. Since we strive to be a sustainable orchard and not waste perfectly good organic fruit, we pick what organic lemons are ripe on the tree at the time your order is harvested and do not sort by size.
For this reason you might receive a variety of sizes of organic lemons in your shipment.
Some lemons will be large, some will be small. We ensure that the fruit is ripe, all the sizes are equally healthy, delicious and nutritious.
California Organic Lemons from Zava Ranch are unwaxed and 100% unsprayed:
We do not spray or apply any kind of synthetic or chemical pesticides, fungicides, or nutrients/fertilizers to our organic lemons or anything we grow on our land. Our weed removal is all done mechanically or by hand, so we do not use any herbicides.
California Organic Lemons from Zava Ranch are also Veganic:
We do not use any animal products or by-products with our organic lemons or anything we grow on our land.
We utilize veganic farming which eliminates farmed animal inputs, and instead relies only on plant-based materials as mulch, vegetable compost, green manure, chipped branched wood, crop rotation, polyculture, and other techniques that are sustainable and do not rely on the exploitation of animals.
Organic fruit is harvested and shipped on Mondays only:
Please note that we harvest and ship via 2-day Fedex priority mail only on Mondays to ensure that the freshly picked California organic lemons get to our customers before the weekend and are not sitting on a truck or in a warehouse somewhere for two extra days.
Please place orders by Sunday night so that they get on our Monday harvest schedule. In order to minimize food waste, we harvest only what was ordered. If you place your order later in the week it will be harvested and shipped the following Monday and will arrive to your door on Wednesday or Thursday.
Why are Organic Lemons shipped direct from California grower often not as pretty as fruit in the supermarket?
The reality is that truly organic and sustainably grown fruit is often not “pretty.”
Because we don’t spray, wash, wax, or chemically-treat California organic lemons to achieve specific “marketable” appearance, our organic lemons might appear imperfect and might have visible cosmetic defects.
This does not mean that fruit is bad. On the contrary, it shows that we are offering naturally-grown California organic lemons straight from the trees in our orchard – no washing, no sorting by size, no artificial ripening!
Learn more about the meanings of various fruit labels (organic, conventional, grown without chemicals, etc).
Why should I buy California Organic Lemons direct from grower?
Buying California organic lemons direct from grower is good for the environment.
California organic lemons are harvested and shipped directly to your door, minimizing the carbon footprint of hauling the fruit between various locations including your travel to go pick it up at the store.
Learn more about why organic farming is good for the environment.
Buying California organic lemons direct from grower is good for your health.
When organic fruit is shipped directly to you by the grower, the time it takes to travel from the tree to your door is only a few days. California organic lemons are shipped at the peak of freshness and ripeness, offering you the most nutrition, enjoyment, taste, and medicinal benefits.
Zava Ranch – Ethical and Sustainable Operation:
We operate the orchard and grow our organic fruit under conservation and environmental health initiatives. We utilize drip irrigation and recyclable packaging whenever possible, and heavily invest in sustainable technology, such as solar energy.
Medicinal Properties of Lemons:
Healing Properties of Lemons According to Western Science:
Recently scientifically proven therapeutic activities of lemons include: 1
– anti-inflammatory activity
– anti-microbial activity
– anti-cancer activity
– anti-parasitic activity
– anti-oxidant activity
– anti-allergic activity
– anti-diabetic activity
– anti-obesity activity
– hepatoregenerating effect (liver detoxification and repair)
– effects on cardiovascular health
– effects on digestive system
– influence on the nervous system
– influence on skeletal system
Recent studies into d-limonene, present in between 65 and 70% of these products, confirm traditional activity (anti-infective, cholagogue, anti-nausea, tonic, etc.) as well as proposing new properties (anti-cholesterolaemic, lipolytic, hypoglycaemic, ulcer protection, anxiety relief, etc.). 2
Healing Properties of Lemons According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) lemons are known for the ability to promote qi circulation, regulate blood circulation, clear heat, eliminate toxins, and resolve phlegm. In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that it enters the Lung, Spleen, Kidney, Liver, and Gallbladder. The flavor of Lemon is sour, and it is considered to be cold in temperature. 3
According to Dr. Mao, Traditional Chinese Medicine considers lemon’s effect on the body cooling. It harmonizes the stomach and aids in digestion and replenishes fluids. Just as it cuts grease on counters, it cleanses the liver, kidneys, blood, mouth, and urinary tract while making the body more alkaline in pH.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants, effective in preventing and treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, staving off cholesterol build-up, and all-around support of the immune system.
Lemons also contain an extremely long-acting limonoid, a phytonutrient that has been proven by a series of studies to be effective in fighting cancers of the mouth, skin, breast, lung, colon, and stomach. 4
Read detailed instructions on preparation and benefits of drinking organic lemon water.
Healing Properties of Lemons according to Ayurveda:
Healing Properties of Lemons in Aromatherapy:
Healing Properties of Lemons Around the World:
Why Should I Buy California Organic Lemons?
Organic fruit costs more than “conventionally” grown fruit. When deciding whether it is the right choice for you, please ensure that you understand exactly what organic designation means and the differences between many confusing labels.
There are also many reasons why buying California Organic Lemons might not be the right decision for you.
There is no right or wrong and everyone makes their own choices. We invite you to do research and ensure that your choice and your decisions are well-informed and educated.
- Klimek-Szczykutowicz M, Szopa A, Ekiert H. Citrus limon (Lemon) Phenomenon—A Review of the Chemistry, Pharmacological Properties, Applications in the Modern Pharmaceutical, Food, and Cosmetics Industries, and Biotechnological Studies. Plants. 2020; 9(1):119. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants901011
- Millet, F. Huiles essentielles et essence de citronnier (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.). Phytothérapie 12, 89–97 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10298-014-0857-3