CITRUS FRUIT: CEDRO, USUALLY MISTAKEN FOR LEMONS ON STEROIDS & TURNED INTO CEDRATA

Hello Cedro!

Is that a lemon?

Cedro vs. Lemon

Nope! Say hello to cedro (citrus)!

Cedro (left) is quite similar to the lemon (right), but notice the difference in the pulp. When I was in Southern Italy (in 1999), I just thought these were lemon on steroids (yeah… I was 14 years old). I remember a girl picking one off a tree, which was the size of her knee, so she could use it to lighten her hair… which is definitely one way to use it; however, I met a Sicilian fruit vendor at the Monza Market this morning, and once I told him about the flavored-soda drink I had last night, he confirmed that the fruit was cedro (more below)!

Italian Soda Heaven

So going back to last night, I was walking through the La Taste store, and spotted these beautiful bottles with vintage labels (kinda hard to miss). Intrigued by the design as well as the content, I found out that Paoletti is a family-owned Italian Soft Drink company, who’ve been producing their tonics for over 85 years. When I asked La Taste for a soda recommendation, they pointed to the “cedrata” which is a combination of cedro (citrus), water, sugar and seltzer.

Admiring Cedrata

Pouring Cedrata

Drinking Cedrata

Verdict:

  • Refreshingly delicious!
  • Citrus flavor wasn’t overpowering at all.
  • A friend said, “it tastes like Mountain Dew” without the added sugar… so there you have it!

Want to Make Your Own Cedrata?

  • 1 Small Bottle of Schweppes Ginger Ale
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cedro (Citrus)
  • Ice cubes
  • Blend together!
  • Enjoy your Cedrata, I did!
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