The citron is the quintessential citrus fruit. The fruit’s name stems from its thick and rugged skin that smells of cedar.
The great-grandfather of the lemon, citron is an oval-shaped fruit with characteristically wrinkled skin. Its acid green or yellow pulp holds little juice, but the delightful perfume of its zest more than makes up for that.
Citron zest is seldom used fresh. It is primarily candied and used in the pastry and confectionery industry, as well as decoration. It can also be used to make jam and liqueurs. Citron essence is often used in perfumery.
This festival is held in the province of Rethimnon to support citron producers. Shows, theatre plays, Cretan music, citron-based delicacy tasting… there is no shortage of events, although the highlight is definitely the creation of a citron pie that can be up to 4 meters in diameter, 80 centimetres in height and up to 300 kilos in weight!