Lemons and Oranges French Citrus Recipes to Try
Citrus and the French Table
Citrus has had a place in French cuisine, in decoration, and noble gardens since at least medieval times.
As both written and iconographical sources have suggested, several species of citrus were consumed, traded and maybe even cultivated in the gardens of the medieval French elite: the citron tree, the lemon tree, the lime tree, the sour orange tree, the sweet orange tree, the mandarin tree and probably the grapefruit tree. ~ OpenEdition Books
Although the concept of an Orangerie sounds delightful, most modern homes do not have space dedicated to growing citrus for consumption or décor. However, France does grow citrus for national consumption with a production of 73,130 tonnes in 2020 and imports the rest. The majority of French citrus grows in Corsica. French chefs covet produce from a private citrus grower with 1,000+ varieties located in Eus in the French Pyrenees. There are also some unique varietals (Green and red caviar lemons, cedrat, Yuzu, Kumquat, and others) grown in a greenhouse in Brittany. Some French chefs make annual trips to “Where the Rare Citrus Grows” ~New York Times Style Magazine.
Menton’s Lemon Festival – Fête du Citron has run since 1935. It attracts roughly 240,000 visitors each year, so expect crowds. The event includes parades (day and night), a citrus garden, and fireworks. Between the static displays and parade floats, roughly 145 tons of lemons and oranges are required during the festival. Many people behind the scenes help put everything together by replacing the spoilt fruit.
Recipes with Oranges
The perfect dessert to finish off a meal with close friends. The dessert brings out the citrus flavour from the orange pairs well with a glass of rosé.
A citrus salad is a tasteful way to add oranges to your meal. This recipe includes oranges, fennel, olives and capers.
Girl Gone Gallic put together a sweet orange crêpe recipe, a simple dessert great for a dinner party.
Recipes with Lemons
Lemons add the perfect amount of flavour to make a fabulous dish. This recipe includes scallops with lemon for your next dinner party.
Lemons are a versatile fruit, from lemon water to topping off dinner dishes. Lemon sunshine pie is another way to enjoy this fruit. In addition, you can bring the dessert to the next gathering you attend!
If you are looking for a new dessert to try, this recipe is perfect! The dessert was brought to us by a British food writer and chef, Nigel Slater.
Recipes with Clementines
Madeleines are a fan-favourite dessert that comes in a variety of flavours. Add fresh clementine juice to the light and fluffy sponge cakes in this version.
David from Cocoa & Lavender gives us another recipe everyone will enjoy! The sliced clementines roast with chicken and taste amazing.
Candied clementines are a dessert that is enjoyed year-round and can be served over ice cream or yogurt!