Every once in a while, we come across a new, extraordinary or beautiful product which we would like to introduce to our clients. This week: Cédrat!
They look like huge lemons, are rather plumpish and humpy and have an intensely tart pulp and a surprisingly fragrant and delicious outer white layer and bright yellow skin. They are are often used for making candied lemon peel.
The spongy, thick soft white pith is also delicious eaten raw or cooked. In Iran it is used to make jam; in Pakistan it is made into pickles and the Southern Indians use it for preserves. Koreans make into tea as a remedy for hangovers, coughs and indigestion and in Italy, the pith is thinly shaved and eaten raw in salads or used as a topping for bruschetta. Since the Renaissance, the oils from the skin have also been used in perfumery and cosmetics due to their delicate and fragrant scent.