A Bergamot Orange
Imagine my delight when I recently found bergamot orange at the local market! :-) Only a handful were available, and one promptly came home with me. As you know, the essential oil from this citrus rind is used to scent Earl Grey tea.
I was surprised to learn that it's called an orange, as it looks jut like a lemon. Read more about the fruit's origins here. A few sniffs assured me that I had the right thing. That "Earl Grey" aroma was subtle in the fresh fruit, but certainly there.
The juice, while not quite as sour as a lemon, is puckery and tart. I found it to be very nice in my morning hot-water-and-lemon routine. I found the aroma to be most fully present when I grated the peel for lemon zest. Again, it's more subtle than your tea. The tea would be scented with a concentrated essential oil, whereas here I'm using the oil in its natural proportions.
I'm not sure if the market has any more bergamot oranges. If I'm lucky, I will try a batch of bergamot curd. Oh, wouldn't that be delightful!
Have you ever tried a fresh bergamot orange?