November 7th in Berkeley, a small gathering of people will be lucky enough to meet John Kirkpatrick, one of few commercial growers of citrons (etrogs) and buddha’s hand. A life long California farmer, John is someone you’ll want to meet if you’re a curious cook or fan of rare fruit. (Tickets and more info.)
I’ve got a case of citrons on hand to give away to locals who want to experiment in advance and share the “fruits” of your imagination. There’s no juice, only a firm white pulp. The citron’s oily peel holds the magic although you can cook with the full fruit as well. Here are some things made for our last event and other ideas for citrons:
* Citroncello, limoncello’s cousin 🙂
* Candy (June Taylor makes a great candied citron peel.)
* Marmalade (See Corby Kummer article)
* Syrup for drinks or cakes
* Something no one has thought of? I’ve been wanting to try soap or candles! Perhaps massage oil?
Learn about John’s rabbi-blessed fruit: