Ground Lemon Peel
Lemon zest is made from the outer portion of the lemon. The white membrane is removed, and the flesh is grated and dried. The peel contains the highest oil content, which provides plenty of tangy lemon flavor and flowery aroma. You’ll find that our dried, ground peel has a more subdued flavor that’s sweeter and richer than fresh zest.
Dried lemon peel has many uses in the kitchen. It works great as a substitute for fresh lemon zest in baked goods or marinades, as a seasoning for summer ales, or for a slash of citrusy zest in salad dressings and sauces.
Cooking with Ground Lemon Peel
Most commonly, lemon zest is called for in sweet baked goods and desserts. Marmalades, pies, cookies, and cakes are some of the most common dishes that feature lemon peel; citrus works in many savory dishes too. Lemon zest is the perfect acid for a marinade, it works in rice dishes and perfectly complements chicken or fish. Lemon peel powder can be used in pretty much any recipe that calls for fresh. Use it in:
- Infusions: Add ground lemon peel to water when boiling rice to create a sweet, zesty rice pilaf. With lemon peel powder, you will not have to worry about taking out the peels before plating.
- Garnish: Ground lemon peels make an excellent garnish for baked goods. Just mix with a bit of sugar and you’ll add a burst of sweet-zesty flavor.
- Teas: Add lemon peels to your favorite tea blends for a dash of flavor. Ground peel is loaded with flavor and it can enliven just about any cup.
Lemons weren’t widely cultivated commercially for many years. The Italians were the first to cultivate the fruit, with early records coming out of Genoa in the 15th century. During the 15th century, lemons were distributed to the Americas. Christopher Columbus is believed to have brought lemon seeds to the Caribbean, and throughout the early modern period, they became widely grown in Florida and California.
Today, India is the world’s largest producer of lemons, with Mexico and China holding the No. 2 and No. 3 spot.
Lemon is one of the most important citrus crops around the world. Like most citrus fruits, the lemon tree requires warm temperatures to thrive (45 degrees at minimum).
Lemon trees typically grow to 10-20 feet in height, depending on the variety. And produce a mildly fragrant flower. There are numerous lemon varietals. Some of the most popular were cultivated and bred in the U.S. The Armstrong lemon, for example, is a mostly seedless fruit known for its sweeter fruits, which was first cultivated in Riverside, CA.
Avon lemons – originally produced in Arcadia, FL – is another popular variety, known for its tartness. Meyer lemons, though, are commonly produced in the U.S. and are known for their sweetness. Meyer lemons are a cross of lemon and mandarin orange that originated in China.
About Our Lemon Peel
Our Lemon peel comes from a boutique Citrus grower in the rolling hills of Olivenhain, CA. Located north of San Diego and miles from the Pacific Ocean, our farm produces a wide range of lemons. We tested lemons from around the world, and Olivenhain-grown lemons consistently produce a zest that’s sweet, yet tart, aromatic and rich in flavor.
We grind our dried lemon peel in small batches in house. The powdered peels are packaged the day they are ground to preserve aroma and flavor and prevent loss of essential oils.
Why Burma Spice?
Looking for a place to buy a flavorful lemon peel powder? Look no further! Burma Spice makes high quality, gourmet products because we work directly with the best growers all over the world to assure that we are bringing to your table the freshest, most vibrant, and exotic spices. They are purchased straight from harvest and stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure freshness and preserve their volatile organic oils. The intense flavor, color, and aroma attest to their freshness.
When you cook something exotic, spicy, and delicious, you want it to taste the way it’s supposed to taste. This requires no substitutions and no compromises. That’s why the gourmet quality and flavor of our products remains our central focus.