Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wild Lemon

On a recent vacation, I was fortunate to be able to go walking through some amazing vegetable and fruit gardens. They were growing everything from leeks to purple cabbage to pears. I brought home lots of pears and these fantastic wild lemons.


They look a lot like an orange, but are incredibly small (about the size of a golf ball), and very very sour. In Tamil, we call them "kadarangai" and they are usually pickled with lots of spice and oil. Delicious.


This is my entry to this month's Click: Citrus. Straight from the tree to the pickling jar!

13 comments:

SweetBites said...

Hi Arundathi, I've eaten 'kadarangai' pickles but hve not seen the fruit. we don't grow the fruit here in Malaysia, but i do get my pickles from India. Thanks for the pictures.

Divya said...

I did believe it was orange and wondering how you pickled it, until I read your post... Now I get it!

Alexa said...

Those lemons sound so interesting and I love the idea of pickling them. I wonder if I could find the pickled version in my local Indian food store since I can't get the lemons here. I'll have to look into it the next time I go there. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

Cham said...

I ve seen narthangai but kadarangai look more like clementine ! Beautiful click!Great for pickle :)

Srivalli said...

Great shot..but where?

click said...

thank you, dear arundathi.

Bharti said...

How cool..they really do look like oranges. Can't imagine how lovely they would taste after being pickled.

Priti said...

I too thought its orange :)....nice click :)

Nirmala said...

Lovely click! They look like oranges! We make a rasam out of this kadarangai!

Jayashree said...

Haven't come across this before. Where did you find them?

Arundathi said...

thanks everyone - yes they do look like oranges and my daughter and i happily thought they were tiny oranges until we ate a slice and... had to make some really funny sourpuss faces!! haha!

i found these in Kodaikanal, which is about a 2 hour drive from Madurai.

Nirmala, rasam is a wonderful idea...thanks!

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