Why is Lemon Often Served With Fish and Where Did the Practice come From Originally?

Although lemon enhances the taste of fish, that isn’t the original reason the two were served together.

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Six hundred years ago, lemon was introduced with fish as a safety precaution.

People believed that if someone swallowed a bone, a mouthful of lemon juice would dissolve it.

We now know that this isn’t the case, but we also understand why they believed it.

Sucking on a lemon causes the throat muscles to contort, helping to dislodge any stuck bone.

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