Grandma’s Preserved Salted Citrus ~ 醃鹹檸檬，柑橘
This recipe has been passed out generations and generations until nowadays, it’s still well kept and continues pass on but it is no secret to involve. We like to preserve not only the lemon but the kumquat 柑橘 or satsuma 桔 too.
It may be easy to find in our home’s pantry, or probably have kept few jars stay behind already. The longer preserving time, the darker colour and the more effective they would be. What effective for? Please, keep reading till the end.
Tell you a secret, I kept few different years of this preserved citus in the corner of my pantry, they have lemons and kumquats, some of them I kept for more than 10 years since then, they all turned to deep brown colour already, lovely! Some of them only preserved for about 4 or 5 years. How can I remember them ? Don’t worry, I labelled it already.
Many Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes call for preserved lemons, lemons that have been pickled in salt and their own juices. People add spices to the lemons for preserving – cloves, coriander seeds, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, bay leaf with lemon juice or brine and left to cure for a few weeks. They are also used extensively in Indian and North African cuisine. They used to preserve lemon undertone common to Tagines and Moroccan salads. These lemons pickled in brine and spices add an intense citrus flavour to their dishes.
But in our country, we will use in different ways; a natural remedy/curable ~ an olden day’s natural medicine to cure the stubborn cough, dry cough or to smooth the sore throat. Even now in the modern days people like a health drink, it’s called salted lemon with soda or sprite/7-up or you can just make up with spring water or sparkling water, slightly crushed the preserved lemon and add few ice cubes. Mmm, I did try it before, absolutely fabulous, I’m so sure to tell you, you will fall in love of this cold drink. Yeah, of course you can add honey in it. 🙂
Or people like to use it in cooking too, but they only use the slightly preserved salted lemon (up to a few months or a year), not the aged one.
In our culture, we love to use natural food, herbs, fruits or plants to make some effective natural remedy for our health. They have a long history. My kids always ask me why mummy likes to make the twigs soup for them, really funny!!!
Hua Tuo 華陀, he was a great ancient physician and pharmacologist in China, Character of, the Eastern Han Dynasty, He is an outstanding folk doctor. He enrich medical treasure trove of ancient country, made a significant contribution.
I gave few of them to my friends for gift, they all loved it. (^.^)
Wish you like it! 🙂