When I lived in California our local "health food" store carried whole citron. I would buy it by the pound and chop it myself for my fruitcake recipe. They stopped selling it saying there wasn't enough call for it and it would eventualy go bad. It seemed to be preserved in some way, but it was not in that horrible syrup that is in the chopped variety sold in grocery stores.
I would really like to find some. It makes the very best fruit cakes. Do you know a source? Thank you.
Whole citron is indeed wonderful and not to be compared to the sickly stuff in the syrup. One great place to find citron and other preserved fruits is Dairy Fresh Candy. They have whole citron, sold by the pound, for $9.99 a pound.
We've talked about June Taylor, too. She doesn't offer citron, specifically, but she does offer many other small-batch, organic preserved fruits that are always wonderful. You can also find chopped citron in the King Arthur Flour Baker's Catalogue for $4.95 for 6 ounces.