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Dec 24, 2004 08:46 AM

James Beard's Christmas Pudding question

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This recipe calls for

"1/2 pound mixed peel (orange, lemon, and citron)", finely chopped


"the rinds of 1 orange and 1 lemon", grated

What exactly is the difference between a citrus fruit's "rind" and "peel"?

My dictionary defines peel as "the rind of a fruit". Not helpful!

Does he mean zest for one of these?


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  1. I would take peel to mean candied peel (made from whole rinds, chopped up, preserved with sugar) and rind to mean what is now commonly called zest (which is of course the colored part of the citrus skin, but you already know that). It's a somewhat old-fashioned/British usage.
    Ah, James Beard - I adore him! Reread Delights and Prejudices recently, a true delight.

    1. One is candied and one is freshly grated from the fruit.

      Are you just making your pudding now?

      2 Replies
      1. re: Athena

        Yes. A little late, I know. I'll probably end up eating it around New Year's. The recipe is also called "5 day plum pudding".

        Thanks to all for the helpful info.


        1. re: Tom Meg

          I was just reminded (reading an epicurious recipe that I had reviewed years back) of the time I made the pudding just before Christmas, it was a huge quantity and we were still eating the leftovers in November! Making a fig-cranberry-orange peel version this year(have been getting the fruit drunk all week). No it won't be aged, but I think it will still be good. Enjoy yours!

      2. The peel is just like zest, the colored part of the rind. Peel it off with a vegetable peeler. You do not want the pith which is bitter.

        1. Mixed peel, in this case, means candied citrus peel--candied lemon, citron and orange rind, usually sold in specialty shops or some supermarkets in the baking section at this time of year.