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Mustapha's Moroccan Preserved Lemons

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About the Product

  • Perfectly whole preserved Moroccan lemons floating in a brine of salt water
  • An entirely new flavor experience
  • Softened and sour and salty elements combine with a hint of sweetness


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Size: 300 grams

A classic Moroccan ingredient, preserved lemons lend an almost indecipherable flavor to a whole host of Moroccan dishes such as couscous, lamb and vegetables tagines, recipes for chicken and fish, and all manner of salads. The 'lemonness' you expect is softened and sour and salty elements combine with a hint of sweetness for an entirely new flavor experience. Mustapha's preserved lemons are cured and packed in a mild brine solution, which transforms the once bitter lemon rind into a completely different ingredient, one that you will find both enticing and indispensable, and not just for Moroccan cuisine. As Paula Wolfert - the world famous author of many cookbooks on Mediterranean cuisines - notes, "their unique pickled taste and special silken texture cannot be duplicated with fresh lemon or lime juice, despite what some food writers have said." Preserved lemons are usually rinsed to remove excess saltiness, and the rind can be blanched to remove even more of the saltiness. You can use the entire lemon if you wish - the flesh is most often used in stews. The lemons will keep for well over a year in their brine - you may see a lacy, white substance clinging to preserved lemons; it is perfectly harmless, and can be removed by rinsing. Try slicing preserved lemons thinly and tucking them into a fragrant stew or lentil dish, bake with fish or lamb or toss in a fresh vegetable salad. A twist of preserved lemon rind will make for one incredible martini. Preserved lemons are a common, though often unrecognized, flavor in Moroccan cooking where they are known as 'hamad muraqqad' and sold loose in the souks - they are also an important ingredient throughout the rest of North Africa. The distinctive texture and flavor of preserved lemons is essential to not only traditional Moroccan cooking, but also to the contemporary cooking of the some of the best chefs in the South of France, Spain, England, and right here in the USA.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B0000DJFF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,225 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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whole preserved Moroccan lemons, water, salt.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 27, 2003
Size: 300 grams
Preserved lemons are one of those items that can become a secret ingredient in your dishes that everyone asks about. I love to chop them finely and add to stews as they add a very distinct, deep flavor that most don't even recognize as lemon. The overall flavor is more similar to lemon zest than lemon juice. Used with green olives and chicken in a Tagine is one of the best traditional applications. I've also added it in the italian dish Osso Bucco with great success. Get some and try it!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By FMB on December 12, 2006
Size: 300 grams
I was completely satisfied with this purchase. The preserved lemons were perfect (dinner guests loved the special flavor they added to a chicken/almonds/olive dish) and the company shipped the order very quickly. A quality item, well-packed and promptly shipped, at a fair price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Anthony Deksnis on September 26, 2012
Size: 300 grams Verified Purchase
I don't know Mustapha from The Man in the Moon. But, I'll say this: These preserved lemons are one of the best food products I've come across in years.
So far, I've only used them with pork recipes. Which they kicked up more than a notch.
But, try 'em. I'll bet you'll love 'em, too.
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By EJ on August 13, 2013
Size: 300 grams Verified Purchase
The rind of these provides a very concentrated lemon flavor--just the right zing for certain Moroccan stews called tagines. I needed these for recipes in The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert.

The flavor of these is just like the ones I ate in Morocco. You can also make these yourself, but it takes a month (or a week for a shortcut version) and you need to start with good lemons.

I have also tried Moroccan Preserved Lemons (10.7 ounce) and both are excellent, with very little difference.

This one looks less good in the picture, but tastes just as good. So buy from the company you prefer!
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