WHAT IS A CITRON?
Also known as yuzu, this large, yellow citrus looks like a primitive lemon. Originally from India, it’s thought that Alexander the Great was responsible for the spread of this fruit to the Mediterranean. An evergreen plant, it has a much thicker white pith then most other fruits. The skin is originally green but gradually turns yellow as the plant ages.
WHY ARE CITRONS GOOD FOR YOU?
They are rich in antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C! Also they’re a good source of anti-inflammatory compounds.
WHEN ARE CITRONS IN SEASON?
Much like the grapefruit they are a Fall harvest in warm-weather countries like the southern Mediterranean.
HOW SHOULD CITRONS BE STORED?
While they can be stored at room temperature, citrons last longer if refrigerated. This might seem strange since your refrigerator is a desiccator. But when sitting on your kitchen counter, this fruit will still dry out faster. One trick to prevent moisture loss is to store the citron inside a sealed plastic bag or bowl of water in your fridge.
HOW DO YOU CUT AND ZEST A CITRON?
The knife technique is the same as with other citrus fruits. To zest click here and to cut click here!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CITRON AND A LEMON?
While they’re both oblong in shape, the citron is larger in size. Also they have much less juice then their cousin the lemon. Instead the citron is prized for its rind. Candying in particular is a popular use, check out how to do that here!