What is Zest and what is it good for?

As a family-owned business Zest producing in the heart of Somerset, we specialise in providing high-quality zest from oranges, lemons, citrus, and grapefruits. Our products are crafted for manufacturers in the beer, food, and ice cream industries to enhance flavours with a natural, vibrant touch. Today, we’re here to clarify what zest is, its benefits, and how it differs from pulp and juice.

What is Zest?

Zest refers to the outermost layer of citrus fruit peels, which are rich in essential oils and packed with intense flavour. This colourful, aromatic layer is carefully grated or peeled from the fruit, leaving behind the bitter white pith underneath. The result is a product that encapsulates the essence of the fruit’s flavour without the sourness or bitterness you sometimes find in the pith or juice.

The Benefits

Zest is a powerhouse of flavour and aroma!

  1. Intense Flavour: Zest adds a concentrated burst of citrus flavor that can elevate a variety of products, from beers and cocktails to baked goods and ice creams.
  2. Natural Aromatic Oils: The essential oils in zest not only enhance flavor but also provide a delightful aroma that can make food and beverages more appealing.
  3. Versatility: Zest can be used in both sweet and savory applications, making it a versatile ingredient for manufacturers.
  4. Nutritional Value: Zest contains beneficial compounds like flavonoids and antioxidants, contributing to the nutritional profile of the final product.

Zest vs. Pulp vs. Juice

Understanding the differences between zest, pulp, and juice can help you decide which product is best suited for your needs:

  • Zest: As mentioned, zest is the outer peel of the citrus fruit, packed with flavor and aroma. It’s used primarily for its intense, concentrated citrus notes.
  • Pulp: This is the fibrous content found inside the citrus fruit. Pulp adds texture and some flavor but lacks the concentrated essence found in the zest. It’s often used in products that benefit from added body and fiber.
  • Juice: Citrus juice is the liquid extracted from the fruit’s interior. It provides a more diluted flavour compared to zest and pulp, along with acidity and sweetness. Juice is commonly used for its refreshing taste and hydrating properties.

Why Choose Zumo?

At Zumo Zest, we pride ourselves on delivering premium quality zest that meets the high standards of the food and beverage industry. Our zest is carefully processed to preserve its natural oils and flavours, ensuring that your products get the best possible boost. Whether you’re crafting a zesty beer, a refreshing sorbet, or a gourmet dish, our zest is designed to enhance your creations.

We understand the unique needs of manufacturers and are committed to providing a reliable, high-quality ingredient that can help you achieve the perfect flavor profile. Located in Somerset, we combine our family heritage with a passion for excellence, bringing you zest that truly stands out.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking to add a burst of natural citrus flavor to your products, look no further than Zumo Zest. Explore our range of zests and see how they can transform your creations. For more information, book a call back with one our experts. There is nothing we don’t know about zest!

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