Organic Florida Lemon Peel
Organic Florida Lemon Peel comes from zesting organic Florida lemons. The peel is where most of a lemon's oils are, meaning the lemoniest flavor is in the peel. Zesting lemons may feel labor intensive, so we have a perfect solution for those of you who love the often called for lemon zest in your baking! Our Organic Florida Lemon Peel is a wonderful addition to any baker's cabinet but can also be used by other kinds of cooks as well.
Lemon zest has 6% essential oil that is comprised of mostly limonene.
Lemon in Arabic is "limun," in Mandarin is "ningmeng," French speakers say "citron," in German it is "zitrone," in Hindi it is "neemboo," in Japanese it is "remon," Portuguese speakers say "limao," and in both Russian and Spanish, you will hear "limon." Lemon peel is also called lemon zest.
Lemons were largely used as a decorative piece and not a food until the 10th century. Introduced to Spain by the Arabs in the late 11th century, lemons were soon growing all over the Mediterranean. The first written record of lemonade comes from Nasir-I-Khusraw, a man who lived from 1004 to 1088 AD. It was widely cultivated as food and drink by the middle of the 12th century. 13th century Arabic cook books list recipes for preliminary lemonades, more like drinks made with lemon syrup, that were sometimes alcoholic. Palestinian crusaders brought the lemon to the rest of Europe, where it became a culinary ingredient in the 15th century. Genoa of 15th century Europe was a hub for all things lemon, being the first place this citrus took off in.
Spanish missionaries planted citrus in California, and the citrus industry boomed in the United States during the Gold Rush of the 1840s. The workers who participated in the gold rush would seek out citrus products to stave off vitamin C deficiencies, and thus scurvy. The completion of the Transcontinental Railway helped the citrus industry spread, as the product could be shipped from California to the East Coast quickly. Lemons were also being grown in Florida, but an extremely intense freezing period during the winter of 1894 to 1895 killed off most of the citrus crop in Florida. This goes for many of the oranges as well. While the orange industry began to ramp up production of oranges further south in the state, and by the 1910s, the oranges were back up to par with the pre-freeze numbers. There was a little resurgence in the Florida lemon industry due to the public's increasing desire for frozen lemon juice concentrate and frozen lemonade concentrate in the 1950s. However, the lemon industry in Florida took a huge hit and hadn't begun to really shape up again until the last ten years! Lemon trees have been resistant to many illnesses sweeping the citrus farms in Florida, helping to keep farmers afloat if other crops fail.
In the proper climate, lemon trees can produce fruit year-round. A typical lemon tree can produce 500 to 600 pounds of lemon. Lemon trees need well-drained, slightly acidic soils ranging from 6.0 to 6.5 pH to grow properly. They can grow up to 20 feet tall and are almost always planted from cuttings of other lemon trees. If a citrus tree has become too dry, it will lose leaves after it has finally been watered again. If the tree gets too much water, the leaves will also fall off, after yellowing first. They require about four to six inches of water monthly.
Lemons must be hand-picked. They are picked green and turn yellow afterwards. While they are turning yellow, the rind grows thinner and the pulp juicier.
Fruits grown in the US tend to be more flavorful than those imported from elsewhere. This is evidenced even in the zests, which is why we wanted a domestic source for our product. When buying fresh lemons if you don't see an explicit "grown in the USA" anywhere on the signage or packaging, you can be pretty sure the lemons were imported.
Our Organic Florida Lemon Peel comes from lemons grown in Florida.
If you are into building your own flavors, organic lemon peel needs to be in your arsenal of flavors. Lemon is an acidic taste, adding depth and twang to a variety of dishes. For example, a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice or a single teaspoon of rehydrated organic Florida lemon peel will give your tomato-based sauce more mouth puckering qualities that will help you salivate more and fully experience every flavor of your food.
Breadcrumbs are a savory, crunchy addition to many recipes like macaroni and cheese or breaded chicken. Organic lemon peel can help build on that savory flavor, adding a light acidity that complements the heaviness of dairy in the case of the macaroni and cheese, or adding a different sort of flavor in the case of the breaded chicken. An easy recipe for breadcrumbs takes only 20ish minutes or so to prepare and just a few more moments to enjoy. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine a ½ cup of fresh breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of good olive oil, and a teaspoon of rehydrated organic Florida lemon peel. Spread over a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Salt to taste and then cook for 8 to 10 minutes, toss once about halfway through, until the breadcrumbs are browned.
Lemon peel can also be used in pies, cakes, cookies, marinades, dressings, and rice-based dishes. It's perfect in condiments like lemon pickle, chutney, and marmalade.
Some of our favorite recipes that use conventional lemon peel that can be replaced with Organic Florida Lemon Peel include Roasted Eggplant Dip, Quesada Pasiega - Spanish Cheesecake and Caribbean Vegetable Curry.
Organic Florida Lemon Peel Tastes very tart and citrusy. It's got a strong lemon flavor.
Use a teaspoon of dried lemon peel for every tablespoon of lemon zest that your recipe calls for. It can be rehydrated in water. Soak the desired amount of lemon peel for fifteen minutes, or until the peel is soft. Drain excess liquid. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon into your recipe for an extra burst of that tart lemon flavor.
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