Pompia essential oil originates from a complex hybrid fruit that is widely utilized in Sardinian cuisine. Although it is categorized as a lemon tree hybrid (C. x Limon), it is widely believed to be a cross between a bitter orange and a citron.
Characterized by its warm and captivating fragrance it evokes images of sun-soaked Mediterranean landscapes.
The essential oil derived from this fruit is equally intricate and undergoes a transformation over time. After several minutes, a note of bitter clementine becomes more prominent, replacing the initial cedar scent. Despite its complexity, this essential oil is highly adaptable and suitable for a wide range of applications.
The Pompia stands out with its large size and rough, thick skin, which is characterized by a bright yellow color and a bumpy texture. The fruit's shape is irregular, often oblong or slightly elongated, giving it a distinctive appearance. Its flesh is pale yellow and juicy, with a tangy and aromatic taste.
Pompia cedrat finds its place in various culinary delights, particularly in the vibrant cuisine of Sardinia. Its robust peel is frequently transformed into candied goodness, enhancing the flavors of delectable desserts, cakes, and pastries. The zest, with its aromatic allure, graces savory dishes, salads, and sauces, imparting a remarkable citrusy essence. Beyond its culinary prowess, pompia cedrat holds deep cultural significance on the island of Sardinia, where it takes center stage during festive occasions and traditional gatherings. Revered as a symbol of prosperity, good luck, and fertility, this fruit with its distinctive appearance and captivating flavor has become an irreplaceable treasure within Sardinian heritage.
Fruit available November to January.