“Having a zest for life!” Volume 3 – (Article 3 of 8)Magalies Citrus
by Dr. Marli Botha
A “zest for life” means that we live each day with a sense of excitement. We take action and change things rather than complaining. We look at the positive side of life and move forward despite challenges faced!
4 FUN FACTS about ‘ZEST’:
- Zest is a food ingredient that is prepared by scraping or cutting from the rind of unwaxed citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, citron, and lime.
- In terms of fruit anatomy, the zest is obtained from the flavedo (exocarp) which is also referred to as zest. The flavedo and white pith (albedo) of a citrus fruit together makes up its peel.
- The amounts of both flavedo and pith are variable among citrus fruits, and may be adjusted by the manner in which they are prepared. Zest is a key ingredient in a variety of sweet and sour condiments, including lemon pickle, lime chutney, and marmalade. Lemon liqueurs and liquors such as Licor de oro, require zest.
- Lemon zest is colourful, extremely flavourful and adds a burst of freshness to your favourite dishes.