What’s the hottest culinary flavoring to hit haute cuisine?
West Coast chefs are proclaiming it’s fresh and exciting new flavor. Bergamot is turning up flavoring roast chicken, salmon marinade, vinaigrettes, and glazing bundt cakes. Some aficionados proclaim it “indescribably delicious.” Its citrus-based flavor has been described as perfumey, fragrantly bitter, somewhat earthy and most decidedly unique. Most importantly, bergamot seems to transform dishes from ordinary to extraordinary. Fans of bergamot claim that once you try it, you’re hooked.
California growers are planting bergamot trees in their orchards, wholesalers are stocking and selling more bergamot than ever before as it pops up on more and more menus of upscale restaurants.
All this is well and good if you’re eating out at pricey restaurants, but where can you find bergamot if you are cooking at home? The truth is, it is very hard to find. If you live in a bigger city and you’re lucky, you might be able to spot it a few weeks out of the year at a local market or a gourmet grocery store. If you live in the perfect climate for it (Mediterranean, as in southern Italy), you can try growing it yourself as many do. Otherwise, where can you find that “make-your-taste-buds-sit-up-and-listen kind of flavor?”
You’re in luck, there is a way to get that bergamot flavor year round, anytime you want it. You see, it’s been bottled. But I don’t mean canned or preserved.
Since ancient times, people have been pressing the oil of the bergamot orange from the rind, the most potently aromatic part, and bottling it. It’s known as bergamot essential oil. Just a few drops of bergamot essential oil lends unbelievable and nearly indescribable flavor to your dishes. Try it when you want to add depth to a citrus sorbet or infuse your ice cream or creme brulee with tantalizing flavor. Add a few drops to your glaze after removing from heat and transform your cake from just dessert to divine!
Need to whip up an unforgettable mousse? Add 10 drops or so of bergamot essential oil to your favorite recipe for an incredible taste sensation. Or add it to main dish sauces to turn plain into exotic.
With bergamot essential oil you can impress your friends with your culinary secrets anytime of the year… and it only take a minute to add the “secret” ingredient.
There’s a great deal of expertise that goes into the extraction of the rind to get a premium bottle of bergamot essential oil. Like anything else, if you buy it from a knowledgeable, reliable and ethical manufacturer, you’ll get the best money can buy. But if you buy from a second rate dealer, you’ll be disappointed.
One of the highest-quality manufacturers of Bergamot essential oil is Young Living Essential Oils. This company specializes in obtaining the most potent, the most flavorful essential oils possible. They take special pains in every step of the process to use premium fruit, pick it at the perfect ripeness and to extract the oils in the safest, most careful way so as to preserve as much of the fruit’s natural constituents as possible. Order a bottle or two of Bergamot today and experience the West Coast’s newest culinary secret.