The Crème de la Crème of Moroccan Lemons
Whole Beldi lemons preserved in salt and water. Once preserved, the lemons lose their sharpness, but their citrus flavor is intensified.
Salty and lightly acidic, BELAZU's small, fine-skinned, preserved lemons retain an intense lemon flavor and fragrance, juicy texture, and an appealing yellow color. They are a traditional ingredient in North African cuisine, where preserved lemons are a key flavoring, used to add a subtle yet distinctive citrus note to tagines, relishes, vegetables, and proteins.
BELAZU has been bringing quality ingredients from the Mediterranean to chefs all over the world since 1991. They have also nurtured long-term partnerships with artisanal growers who share the belief that the ingredient is king.
- 7.7 oz jar
- No chemicals, no preservatives
- All Natural: free from artificial colors and flavors
- Gluten Free, MSG Free
- Vegan, Vegetarian Society approved
- By BELAZU Ingredient Co.
- Imported from United Kingdom / Shipped from USA
Ingredients: pickled lemons (contain salt, traces of citric acid, calcium chloride and potassium sorbate) (100%). packed in water
~ Available for Local Next Day Delivery \ Not eligible for return once opened
The Moroccan term Citron Beldi (or l'hamd beldi) translates to "traditional lemon." It refers to specific varieties of lemon which are grown in Morocco and favored in traditional cooking. They are distinguished by their orange-yellow color at maturity, pleasantly fragrant skin and unique, smaller, rounder shape than other cultivated lemon varieties.
Beldi lemons are an essential ingredient in Moroccan cooking and show up in a great many dishes, where they impart a uniquely pungent and salty lemon flavor. Some cooks may be tempted to try using a regular, fresh lemon instead, but it's a poor substitute as it lacks the mellowed essence which is unique to preserved lemons.
Typical ways to use preserved lemons:
- Finely sliced and added to a grain, rice, or salad
- Chopped with chili and garlic as a dressing
- Stuffed in a roast chicken, or stuffing
- Finely slice and added to couscous or pasta
- See BON! for recipe inspirations (coming soon)