Lemon peel, crushed
Lemon originates from India, later it reached Europe, firstly thanks to the trade in the Far East and later through colonization, then it spread mainly in the Mediterranean region. The high content of vitamins and minerals in lemon peel has a significant health-preserving effect, its essential oil is used not only in gastronomy but also in medicine, mainly for immune-boosting and in cosmetics. The active ingredients of the lemon peel decompose rapidly after grating, so it became an essential part of the process that grated lemon peel needs to be dried within a short time.
What do we use grated lemon zest for?
The grated version of the dried lemon peel and the ground version both have a very similar use.
- It is primarily known as an ingredient of sweet desserts, cakes and fruit soups, but its pleasant aroma is beneficial just as much in vegetables dishes, in green salads, and even for seasoning fried fish and meat dishes.
- In its grated form, lemon peel is able to absorb large amounts of liquid, so the flavors and aromas stored within can blend in harmoniously with the other various spices used in the recipe.
- The grated lemon peel itself has a slightly astringent taste, but this characteristic feature is that makes it also suitable for flavoring soft drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails and herbal teas.
- The grated lemon peel harmonizes well with Mediterranean spices - oregano, basil - Far Eastern spices, it can also be used for the delicacies of Arabic cuisine - especially cakes. Also it is widely used in Centre -Eastern European cuisine for sweet and savory puddings, sauces and dressings.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.