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kitron on Naxos

The citron (citrus medica), and also the liqueur made on Naxos from its fruit and leaves; they also use it to make spoon sweets and candies. Although quite common in the 1980s, it's not as popular as it once was, and fewer farmers are replanting their trees as they die.

Poster from the Kitron Museum in Chalki

Citrons (which are larger than lemons, with a much thicker peel and a slightly different taste) were one of the original citrus fruits: going back to ancient Egypt and the Book of Leviticus, and the mother of lemons, oranges and all the rest.

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Bgabel, GNU Free Documentation License, Zde, Creative Commons License