One fresh bergamot citrus fruit
- scarmoza Mar 14, 2009 06:03 PM
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?