What Does Zest Mean?


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In English the word zest may mean enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment of something, like for example, 'Despite her handicap she was full of invigorating zest'. It may also be used to describe a strong flavour in food that is tangy and spicy, like for instance, 'The zesty wine was a big success'.

Zest is also the outer covering of a citrus fruit. It refers to the coloured shell that is frequently used in baking. It is imperative however to keep in mind, that to attain that tangy zesty flavour all the white membrane from the shell must be removed, otherwise the bitter membranes will spoil the dish. This may be done with the help of either a zester tool or vegetable peeler.

In addition Procter and Gamble produced a fragrant body soap called Zest. It was first marketed in 1958. Its slogan is 'zestfully clean'. Sales accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s.

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