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Old 02-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Substitution for citrus

Hello,

I have a lot of trouble with a lot of recipes because I am allergic of citrus, tomatoes and peaches (including their wholes families (ex. apricots)).

I was wondering what I could use especially to replace citrus (tomatoes I can deal with by simply not adding any and same with peaches)

Thanks a lot!

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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Tamarind paste. Some of the more acidic cheeses. Try coriander, but not everyone thinks it works. Lemon basil. Lemon grass. If you have a Penzey's nearby, go down and see what else works for you.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Can you use vinegars? Balsamic, rice wine, champagne and other vinegars might add a nice touch to recipes.

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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Yes I have no problems with vinegars! Thanks a lot that should help me ^^
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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Let me ask, is it the citric acid that you're allergic to? Or something else in the fruit. In other words, is it citric acid intolerance, or the true allergy to limonene or proteins?
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Honestly, I don't know yet I have to meet with my doc. All I know is if anyone eats a clementine at school, I have to leave the room otherwise I really feel bad :( But I use rice vinegar in my sushi rice without any problems so I assume that I'm allergic to the fruit...
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Ask about citrus peel. If it is the acid that bothers you then the peel might work fine.
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I am not a doctor bit I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night....

I may be wrong, but I don't think that many people are allergic to the acid, they are allergic to the proteins.

So anyway, substitutes depend on what the citrus is being used for. If it's acidity, then rice or white wine vinegar would be the sub.

Vinegar does not contain citric acid, by the way. It's acetic acid.

For taste.... Well that's harder. Lemongrass comes to mind, like GLC suggested. Lime leave also came to mind, but they may have the stuff you're allergic to.

Boyjian (sp) makes very potent citrus oils which you might want to experiment with. Sometimes when food is heated it changes enough to tone down allergies. Plus you only need a drop for intense flavor.
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Tamarind paste. Some of the more acidic cheeses. Try coriander, but not everyone thinks it works. Lemon basil. Lemon grass. If you have a Penzey's nearby, go down and see what else works for you.
There is also lemon thyme and pineapple sage, I grow and use both. I THINK I remember seeing citrus mints last year. FYI - lemon balm is very strong and I find an acquired taste. Some people refer to is as smelling like Lemon Pledge.
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Honestly, I don't know yet I have to meet with my doc. All I know is if anyone eats a clementine at school, I have to leave the room otherwise I really feel bad :( But I use rice vinegar in my sushi rice without any problems so I assume that I'm allergic to the fruit...
Yes. Probably something that's carried in the volatile oils released when someone bites or cuts one. I don't think you'd get anywhere near enough citric acid without eating some. And citric acid is added to enough other foods that I think you'd have had trouble with other things before. That means citric acid itself is available for use, and so artificial lemon flavorings and lemon flavored foods not derived from the fruit could be used where the lemon flavor is important. An allergist will both determine which substance is a problem, and they will know where it appears or what kind of extracts or substitutes work.
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