Lemons selling like hot cake as shortages reported

As the Covid19 scare continues people have been urged to consume foods that boost their immunity. These are foods that contain Vitamin C which is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.

These include citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes. Others rich in Vitamin C are Red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, yoghurt, almonds, sunflowers seeds, turmeric, green tea, kiwi and pawpaw.

Most people take a concoction made of lemons, turmeric, ginger and hot water to prevent and fight off colds and flu by boosting their immunity. The consumption has increased as people rush to boost their immunity against Covid19. But this should not be taken as a cure to Covid19.

The craze has led to a sudden demand for lemons in Kenya. The demand has also seen an increase in prices with a piece that was selling for Kshs.10 going for Kshs.50 in some areas. A survey by Kilimo News discovered a shortage of lemons in Kangemi market, Karatina and Nyeri towns. The few traders who have the now prized fruit are making a good profit.

Normally, lemons were going for as little as Kshs.3 a piece in the streets of Nairobi. In many markets, the average sized fruit was going for Kshs.5 with the bigger size selling at Kshs. 10. The fruit has its origins in India and is thought to have been introduced in Kenya by missionaries.

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