Within the citrus family, the citron, or cédrat in French, is not everybody’s favorite. With its rough skin and marked sourness, this ancestor to the lemon nevertheless demonstrates remarkable aromatic, culinary and cosmetic properties.
By Mélissa Darré
With the Latin name Citrus Medica L., the citron was the first citrus fruit to arrive in Europe, about three centuries BC. Native to Southeast Asia, this curious specimen with its irregular skin prefers sunny climates, including the mild Mediterranean Basin. Bumpy, not very juicy and often oversized, as it can weigh up to 4 kilos, this unpleasant looking fruit does possess some surprising properties.
Renowned for its zesty perfume, the citron is essential in perfumery, as the preferred head note of fresh and invigorating masculine fragrances. This manly scent also receives wide
acclaim in cosmetics: its fragrant essential oil, used for example in shower gels and shampoos, possesses rare purifying and energizing properties.
While athletes appreciate it for its soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities, gourmets delight, meanwhile, in its culinary uses, usually in the form of liquors and jams. So many qualities for the famous "golden apple" of Corsica, which all evoke the richness of the art of living of Provence.
The citron, The Perfectly Flawed Fruit
Photography Comugnero Silvana