Random Facts About Lemons & Limes in France
- In the Mediterranean south where lemon trees prefer the hotter climate, lemon trees can flower 3-4 times a year, so harvesting can happen throughout the year;
- France is famous for its lemons from Menton on the Côte d’Azur. Les citrons de Menton have been cultivated since the 15th Century and today are considered a gastronomic speciality;
- At the end of each winter in February, Menton holds its famous lemon festival or Carnaval de Menton;
- Good source of vitamin C, especially in the winter months;
- To choose good lemons or limes, pick a heavy fruit with fine skin.
- If using lemon or lime zest, always pick organic (bio in France) and unwaxed.
- Can’t find unwaxed? Clean off wax from lemons with a scrubbing brush in a basin of hot water.
- To grate lemon zest, grate the yellow or green parts of the skin only and avoid grating the white pith underneath, as this part is bitter.
French Lemon & Lime Season
Available all year round but high seasons are November-December and February-September.
Autumn; Winter; Spring; Summer.
Fun French Expression
“Tiens moi au jus”
Familiar French expression meaning “Keep me informed” (literally translated as Keep me in the juice).