Citrus Facts & Fables
The earliest documented reference to citrus (at least what has been noticed by researchers) is contained in the Chinese book “Yu Kung” or “Tribute of Yu”. The Emperor Ta Yu reigned from 2205 to 2197 BC which makes the documented origin of citrus over 4,000 years old.
The very nature of citrus itself- an attractive evergreen plant with fruit that is both edible and medicinal—has generated much folklore in its long history as an ancient crop of human cultivation. Citrus has been known to keep away the ‘bad spirits’, stave off the ‘scurvy’, its oil protect against the ‘plague’, its flowers symbolize purity & fecundity, its wood ‘worth its weight in gold’. Citrus motifs have formed in sculptures, mosaics, embroidery, weaving, paintings, poems and songs throughout antiquity.
Citrus has spread worldwide and so have the legends of its beauty and benefits. We explore and offer some of the many facts and fables from the past and what we continue to discover about citrus today.
"In all my work, I try to say - 'You may be given a load of sour lemons,
why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?"