Add some ZEST to your life…..word for the day

baskets of avocados and orangesWade (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 zesting a limea lime, you scrape the outer peeling off the lime with a special tool, here’s what it look likes…


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3 thoughts on “Add some ZEST to your life…..word for the day

  1. I love limes! I found a bag of key limes at the store one day (and have never seen them since) so decided to buy them. I planted a couple of seeds and now have a key lime tree a few inches high. It doesn’t grow very quickly, but it’s fun to try to grow something like that. Hope your pie turned out well. Happy belated birthday to Wade.


    1. Thanks for dropping by Diane, always nice to hear from you. I’ve never grown a Key Lime tree, now I know not to expect them to grow very fast! I’ll pass the message on to Wade. Bright Blessings my sweet friend, Diane T. and furfamily


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