Lemons & Limes (Citrons/Citrons vert)

Random facts about lemons in France plus links to easy, healthy recipes (mainly French) using lemon or lime.

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).

Lemon or Lime Recipes

Creamy Lemon Ice Cream

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