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Lemon Zest
The zest of a lemon is the very outer yellow portion of the peel. It is prized for its concentrated flavour. Just under the zest is the white part of the skin called the "pith." Don't include any of the pith in the zest you take off the lemon, because it is very bitter. There will always, however, be a bit of white pith attached to your zest, so don't panic, just try to limit it.

As with getting zest from any other fruit, scrub well first to remove any germs, insecticide or wax.

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Today's Lunchtime Learning

Watermelons are a squash, related to squashes, cucumbers and pumpkins. That technically makes them a vegetable, though we of course treat them as fruit.

They grow on the ground on a vine between 10 and 15 feet (3 to 4.5 metres) long along the ground. Though we mostly think of watermelons as red inside, some are yellow. Seeds can be white, brown, black, red, green or speckled.

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