Popular lemon recipes in France include desserts such as lemon tart or lemon sorbet, but you will also find lemons showcased in savory dishes. Lemon juice is used in marinades, vinaigrettes, and sauces.
Lemons in France
Although most of its lemons are imported from Spain, the U.S. and Greece, France does grow some lemons, mostly on the Cote d'Azur, where it is warmer. In Menton it is honored every year at Carnaval time with a special celebration. La Fête du Citron features incredibly elaborate floats and figures made from lemons and other citrus fruits. In France, the lime is also considered a lemon and is called a green lemon ( citron vert ). Lime can substitute for lemon in many French lemon recipes, and is especially appreciated in marinades and cocktails. You will also find a fruit called a cédrat that looks like a big, bumpy lemon. The juice of this fruit is considered too sour to cook with but the rind is candied and used in cakes and pastries. Cédrat is also used to make a liquor called Cédratine
Lemon Facts and Tips
Lemon Recipes on Easy French Food
Lemon Tart Recipe
Here is a delicious and easy lemon tart recipe. You can make lemon tart with your favorite pie crust or use a store bought one if you are pressed for time. Just make sure you make it ahead of time so it has enough time to chill.Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Testament to the North African influence in France, preserved lemons find their way into French cooking and eating, such as in this Moroccan chicken recipe. The fruit is preserved in salt brine bringing out a whole new taste and texture in the lemon.Crockpot Lemon Chicken Recipe
This crockpot lemon chicken recipe is a wonderful way to showcase the tart flavor of lemons. It is wonderfully quick to make and features the fresh taste of tarragon as well.
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