Candied Pixie Peels

These are Pixies. They are an important part of local history and a source of great pride here in Ojai -- the sweetest, most seedless, easy-to-peel, organic little gems. Growers from other places aspire to steal their market with names like "Cuties," but it's not the same at all.

When they're in season, my family goes through them by the crate. We have a few trees ourselves, but they're still too small to grow enough for us.

Throughout the summer, whenever we eat one, we toss the peel in a freezer bag. And then, near the holidays, I candy the peels and create a sparkling burst of citrussy goodness for cocktails, fruit cakes and general snacking.

Here's a recipe. You can use any pesticide-free citrus peels you like. But try the Pixies and you'll know what I'm talking about.





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  • Rain Perry
    published this page in Food 2022-01-02 17:59:19 -0800

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