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Cooking glossary

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Unwaxed

Waxing is a process used to preserve the freshness of the skin of citrus fruits; they are soaked, washed and waxed before packing. Unwaxed lemons or limes are also available in Waitrose. Unwaxed lemons are ideal for slicing and adding to drinks or using as a garnish and when the zest is required.

If you prefer to use unwaxed lemons but only waxed are available, simply lightly scrub the peel first to remove the wax.