Candied Citron

We got this recipe from Darrell Corti.

* cut citrons in half lengthwise and place in a stainless steel pot.
* cover with cold water and bring to a boil
* once boiling, throw out that water and cover with cold water
* bring to a boil, then take fruit and scoop out inside.
* measure the exercise/>lose-weight-exercise/>weight of the fruit
* for every pound of fruit, take 1 cup suger and 1 cup water and bring to a boil
* put citron in and bring it to a boil
* turn it off and let sit and cool down, leave overnight
* next day, bring to a boil. Afterward, use a thin knife to check tenderness. It should go in easily but not be mushy.
* put fruit upsidedown on a cake rack covered in wax paper and leave it to drip all night. Mine took much longer than one night to dry out.
* cut into smaller pieces
* put sugar and fruit pieces in a plastic bag and shake until covered
* store in a container with dry paper towel to dry out completely.

I made two batches using this recipe. The first batch was small (3 citrons), the 2nd was large (maybe 8 citrons in my huge 5 gallon pot). In both cases, I ended up with some very tasty stuff, but it wasn’t fully cooked or candied. I had a hard time getting the 1 cup of syrup per pound of citron to fully cover the citron. I ended up cutting the citrons into quarters at that point, which did help some, but there were still parts sticking out of the syrup and so I stirred frequently while bringing that to a boil.

I also had a hard time getting the candy to dry. I finally ended up spreading it out on a rack and pointing a portable heater at it for a couple days. It’s still not fully dry, but it’s also not fully candied, so it’s not going to last too long anyway.

Lessons learned: use a tall, narrow pot and figure out a better way to dry the candy.

A huge thanks to Linnea for following Darrell around and transcribing his knowledge and wisdom and for helping with the whole process.

Margaret and I took a jar of the candy to Darrell Corti last week. He said it was “not cooked enough”, but that it was “very good”. We ended up talking to him about citron, wine, and Rome for a while longer. I’ll post more recipes from that encounter soon.


  1. Linda M says:

    A dehydrator works wonderfully well. Fruit will be dried in about 6 hours at 115 degrees. Wonderful stuff, especially with one end dipped in melted chocolate. Makes a great gift.

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