Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lemons Preserve Us

If you've been paying attention, you'd know that the blog entry before this one involved Moroccan tagine, and requires preserved lemons. But what are preserved lemons, and where can one find such an ingredient?

Preserved lemons are simply the citrus fruit preserved in salt. They break down, and the peel in particular acquires a salty, tangy taste that's VERY distinctive, and VERY necessary for a proper tagine (they're also excellent in a score of other recipes, but I'm getting ahead of myself). If you happen to have a lemon tree or a source for excellent organic Meyer lemons, you could preserve them yourself. Or not (I say not). Enter Saveurs, a company devoted to excellent ready to heat and serve French cuisine. Saveurs does the citrus hunting, gathering, packing and preserving for you, so all you have to do is eat them.

An added bonus for L.A. dwellers: Saveurs comes to a farmer's market near you every week (Brentwood, Larchmont Village, Glendale), so you can pick up a whopping quart of these golden globes of preserved glory for just $14. Just one jar will see you through many a tagine adventure. Alternatively, you can visit and order some. They make a sunny gift along with the previously mentioned traditional tagine.

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