Unlike other citrus Bergamot cannot be eaten fresh. This citrus fruit gives Early Grey tea its signature flavor and aroma. It looks somewhat like a lumpy lime with uneven green skin. It is highly aromatic, and the essential oils are extracted from the rind. The fragrant oil is used to make perfumes, colognes, scented soaps, and of course, it gives Earl Grey tea its signature flavor and aroma. The flesh tastes the same way it smells: tart, acidic, highly fragrant, and spicy.
In addition to being the star flavor of Earl Grey tea, the zest and flesh of the bergamot fruit are used as a flavoring in cookies, custards, marmalades, syrups, and cocktails. Try mixing in some zest with mayonnaise or pesto and serve as a condiment with fish or meat entrees.