Lemon Balm Makes A Great Substitute For Hard-To-Find Bergamot

If you've ever had Earl Grey tea or a citrusy dessert that didn't taste quite right, you've probably had bergamot. Bergamot orange is an Asian citrus fruit that is most commonly grown in Italy.

It's famous for its fragrant, floral aroma and acidic yet herbal flavor, which can be found in everything from cups of tea to decadent desserts.

 If you try this ingredient at home, you may encounter difficulties. Finding bergamot for culinary purposes can be difficult. 

 If you want to try a flavor similar to bergamot without the hassle of finding the citrus, we recommend lemon balm.

Lemon balm is a leafy green herb that is native to Europe and Central Asia. While it is technically a type of mint rather than a fruit, it was given its name

because of its famously lemony scent. While not perfectly replicating the characteristics of bergamot, this combination 

of citrus flavor and aroma, along with green, minty undertones, can provide a very similar eating or drinking experience.

Lemon balm is widely available in larger grocery stores across the country, usually as dried tea leaves or as an extract. While extract may appear to be the most convenient option, 

Where to find lemon balm and how to use it

keep in mind that it will most likely have a stronger flavor that can quickly become overwhelming 

 we recommend going with the dried stuff. If you've always wanted to work with fresh lemon balm, you're in luck. Most nurseries and even some hardware stores sell the plant at reasonable prices.

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