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What are Kumquats?

What are Kumquats?

Kumquats, or cumquats, are small citrus fruits that are often overlooked in favor of more popular oranges, lemons and limes during citrus season. Kumquats are round or oval and resemble very small oranges when ripe, though they are about the size of a large olive. They have a thin skin that, unlike the peel of an orange, can be eaten along with the pulp of ... Read More »

Buddha’s Hand Shortbread

Buddha's Hand Shortbread

The zest is generally the most flavorful part of any citrus fruit because it contains so many essential oils. Access to fresh zest is one of the reasons that so many recipes insist on fresh citrus, as opposed to prepacked juice, when you really want to bring a strong citrus element into a recipe. Buddha’s hand is an unusual citrus fruit in that it really ... Read More »

What is Buddha’s Hand?

What is Buddha's Hand?

We come across an unusually shaped orange or lemon from time to time, especially if you grow your own citrus trees or shop at farmer’s markets, where they’re not screening the citrus to be uniform in size and shape. One of the most unusual looking citrus fruits is the Buddha’s hand – and unlike some of those strangely shaped lemons, this fruit’s unusual shape is ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Citrus Loaf Pan

Citrus Loaf Pan

I recently saw a great Lemon Loaf Pan from Nordic Ware that featured a lovely lemon design, with whole and cut lemons surrounded by a few leaves. It seemed like the perfect pan for baking my Lemon Loaf Cake. Not long after, however, I saw another lemon pan that just might be even better. This Citrus Loaf Pan is also from Nordic Ware and it ... Read More »

Do I need fresh citrus for baking?

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I like to use a lot of citrus in my recipes, and that includes lemons, oranges and limes, in addition to more unusual citrus like yuzu and blood oranges. Citrus is a featured flavor in many recipes, but often only a small amount of juice or zest is added to a recipe to accent other elements. A little bit of citrus can go a long ... Read More »

Lemon Lime Cupcakes

Lemon Lime Cupcakes

Refreshing isn’t a word that you often associate with cupcakes, but these Lemon Lime Cupcakes definitely have a refreshing element to them. The cupcakes are bright with both fresh lemon and lime zest, and have a lemon lime buttercream on top. It is sweet, light and surprisingly palate cleansing, for a cupcake. They’re quite different from most cupcakes, as the combination of lemon and lime ... Read More »

Yuzu Coconut Cupcakes

Yuzu Cupcakes

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is similar to a lemon, but with a flavor that is both very zesty and very floral. Like other citrus fruits, yuzu is a wonderful addition to many different types of baked goods and these cupcakes are a simple way to showcase the flavor. The cupcakes are light and fluffy, with a generous amount of yuzu zest in them ... Read More »

What is Yuzu?


Lemons, limes and oranges might be the first fruits to come to mind when we think of citrus, but there are many varieties of citrus out there and they all have unique flavor profiles. Yuzu is a citrus fruit that resembles a smallish yellow grapefruit, with a somewhat bumpy rind. They have a unique flavor that is both tart and acidic, like a lemon, but ... Read More »

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