Old Lemons (and Zest)
I needed a couple lemons zested for a recipe the other night. One of my lemons was old and sort of shrunken and the other was new and firm.
Is lemon zest affected by the age of the lemon? Or is it all the same?
The flavor of the fresh zest is not affected by the age of the lemon, in my experience, it concentrates. I just zested a lemon this week for a pie that had been in my fridge for about six weeks. The pie turned out wonderful.
A bit shrunken is OK. When you see any spots or discoloration pitch it. The fresher the better is best with any citrus including lemon as can taste it.