There are many ways to use citrus fruit in your cuisine. To begin with, citrus juice in prized throughout the world for use in desserts and pastries. The tart, distinctive flavor of the lemon is also used to enhance the flavors of many fish, poultry and vegetable dishes. Lemonade and fresh juices from sweet citrus are delightful drinks. Lemon juice can be added to both iced tea and hot tea.
The zest of the lemon is also utilized for adding flavor to certain recipes, as well as other uses. Kumquats, although tiny, add big taste in the kitchen. They can be used in preserves, candied, or in cooking. Calamondin orange, which is probably a hybrid between a mandarin and a kumquat, has many uses, and can even be made into ice cubes for alcoholic drinks.
Marmalade is a popular, jam-like treat, usually served with toasted bread. It is traditionally made with Seville oranges, but can also be made from grapefruit, lemon, lime, or any other citrus fruit.
Here are a few other culinary uses of citrus:
• Squeeze a little juice in a sauce to brighten it up a bit.
• Add juice to a marinade to add flavor and help in the tenderizing process.
• Wrap oily leaves around fish when grilling to keep it moist.
• Before baking fish, place thinly sliced lemons, peel and all, underneath and around the fish for added flavor
• Before serving, sprinkle juice over fish, clams, oysters or crabs to heighten flavors.
• Squeeze lemon juice on avocado quarters and eat as is.
• Combine juice with olive oil, crushed garlic and pepper to make a refreshing and light salad dressing.
• Put fruit wedges inside the cavity of a whole chicken before cooking.
• Squeeze juice on vegetables while steaming to keep colors bright.
• Add juice to rice while cooking to make it fluffier.
For more detailed information on culinary uses of citrus and how to grow incredible citrus fruit refer to Grow Citrus: The Insiders Secrets to Growing Great Citrus
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