Wade (my husband) recently celebrated a birthday, and since he likes pie rather than cake, he requested a Key Lime Pie for dessert. This turned out to be easier said than done, as NONE of the pie shops or restaurants in town serves one.
I thought I would make him one and the recipe called for “zesting” a lime peel, thus our Word for Today was discovered!
“Zest is a food ingredient that is prepared by scraping or cutting from the outer, colorful skin of unwaxed citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, citron, and lime. Zest is used to add flavor (“zest”) to foods.
In terms of fruit anatomy, zest is obtained from the flavedo (exocarp, or the outermost layer of the fruit wall.). The flavedo and white pith (albedo) of a citrus fruit together makes up its peel.”
When you zest a lime, you scrape the outer peeling off the lime with a special tool, here’s what it look likes…
Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zest_%28ingredient%29