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Mar 14, 2009 06:03 PM

One fresh bergamot citrus fruit

I bought one fresh bergamot at the farmers market today for $5. Now, I could use some help on what to make with it. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas!

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  1. I would use the zest to infuse cream for panna cotta. A nice light-tasting, but bergamot-infused dessert, without too many other flavors going on, sounds delicious.

    But the fruit, I have no idea... interested to hear what others know about bergamot!

    1. marmalade? or homemade earl grey tea? or bergamont curd?

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      1. re: Bryn

        I'm trying to figure out how to do a marmalade with just one bergamot orange. Anyone have a recipe or ratio for this?

        1. re: scarmoza

          It should be strong enough to hold it's own with some normal oranges.

          1. re: scarmoza

            I tried making marmalade and found that the oil/scent didn't infuse the jelly very well. Instead, there was a big burst of bergamot flavor whenever I bit into a piece of rind. So if you do marmalade, I'd suggest cutting the peel very, very finely so it's well distributed. (I used a coarser chop, which didn't work as well.)

            I've found that the zest goes really well with savory things, like a white bean salad. I haven't tried infusing some in vodka, but I really ought to.

            I once made a lemon pie using bergamot oranges, since the juice is sour like lemons. But disaster! It was perfume pie, and totally inedible. So be careful, a little can go a long way.

            I've zested the peel and stored it in the freezer for later use with good success. The flavor might get muted, but it's so strong anyhow, it's not a problem. The juice is mostly just sour but has a hint of the bergamot flavor as well.

            I really should try more things since I have a bergamot orange bush in my yard. I gasped at the price you had to pay. Maybe I should be selling mine!

            1. re: Karen_Schaffer

              While searching for recipes, I saw that someone in SF last year paid $9 for one! So if you've got them and don't want to use them - there are those of out there willing to pay a pretty penny for one.

              p.s. - I ended up making iced scones. I saved some for tea tomorrow.

          2. re: Bryn

            yum! i second the home-made earl grey!

          3. I made a bergamot and quince fool, last autumn, and it was heavenly. I used Earl Grey Tea, but you could just as easily add some fresh zest.

            1. where do you all live to be able to buy fresh bergamot?
              i live in the northwest united states, 6000 miles and more than a few latitude clicks north of where bergamot trees thrive
              i would love to purchase four of these to make bergamotto
              once i've obtained some, i'll share the recipe
              can anyone help me here, perhaps with a purchase source on the internet?

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              1. re: davide

                Sorry, no internet sources, davide. The ones I found come from Fresno, CA. They're only in season a few weeks in late February - mid March. If you're ever in San Francisco during that time, you can find the grower at either the Alemany or Heart of the City farmer's market.

                1. re: scarmoza

                  thanks for your response
                  i somehow managed to find an internet source for fresh bergamot fruit:
                  check it out, the price is less than you're paying for the fresno fruit