Language of Food: Zest
Don't you just love those words that can be used as multiple parts of speech? Zest is a fun word that can be used as a noun or verb. Add a single 'Y' on the end, and bingo ... you've got adjective. Good times. So let's take a look at this multi-functional word and all of it's uses.
You've probably seen it used in recipes a hundred time ... lemon zest, lime zest, orange zest, grapefruit zest. When you use a zester or a microplane grater against the skin of a fruit, you are essentially peeling loose that layer of skin about a hundredth of an inch thick. In citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, that outermost skin is very flavorful and aromatic and can often add as much flavor to your dishes as the juice of the fruit itself.
Good thing about this word is the ability to be in a sentence at least 4 times.
"Could you please zest some zesty zest with this zester?"