Think “lemon” and you will notice your mouth watering because of the increased production of saliva. Now think “lemon gummies” and you may notice that the production of saliva doubles…in my case it does!
Lemon turmeric gummies as well as other citrus-based gummies is a relatively frequent treat in our household, as I love zesty gummies and make a variety of them. Here is the list of some of the combinations I love and have created:
1 cup orange
1 cup grapefruit
1/2 cup lemon, 1 cup blueberry (or blackberry) puree
1/2 cup lemon, 1 cup strawberry (or raspberry) puree
1/2 cup orange, 1 cup mango puree
1/2 cup lemon, 1 cup melon puree
1/2 cup orange, 1 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup blood orange, 1 cup beet juice
1/2 cup blood orange, 1 cup cherry puree
1/2 cup lemon, 1 cup watermelon puree
1/2 cup lemon, 1 cup kiwi puree
And so on… I wish I could present all my creations here at once, but hey, you’ve got the idea! You can replace orange and lemon used in the recipes with lime or grapefruit juice, and follow the rest of the recipe as below, but use turmeric for yellow or orange variations only.
While making gummies I like to experiment with different types of sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup and maple butter. I also like to make use of two of my favorite spices, such as turmeric and ginger depending on whether I want my gummies to be a bit on a spicy side.
When I first prepared these particular lemon turmeric gummies, I started with a full cup of lemon juice, which was yummy, but I realized it right away that lemon juice is very concentrated and it can easily be diluted with water or any other fruit juice without sacrificing the flavor (in fact, adding juiced or pureed fruits and vegetables will render gummies more interesting). However, whenever I prepared pure orange or grapefruit gummies I used a full glass of juice as it is less concentrated.
And by the way, there is another idea of mine: I use this base for my ice creams and sorbets. I usually prepare citrus based reduction (though I make it sweeter and omit gelatin) and add fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries etc. for a zesty scoop! I add fruits either at the same time or after the preparation is cooled to a room temperature. When I was about to launch my website, one of my Canadian friends told me “keep this whole zesty idea of yours secret, otherwise other people will try to take advantage of it”… Well, I couldn’t keep it secret, but I like that other people find it interesting and attractive.
- In a small-sized saucepan combine together the water, lemon juice and zest, turmeric and the honey and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.*
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and sprinkle the gelatin over, one tablespoon at a time, while whisking the mixture to incorporate.
- Pour into a recipient or forming mold and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
- Once solidified, remove the gummies from the mold.
- Serve and enjoy!