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Q: I am allergic to all citrus and citric fruits — lemon, lime, orange, pineapple and the like — which trigger red eyes, sneezing and hives. (Imagine living in Texas without margaritas!) Unfortunately, many recipes, even ones that aren't citrus based, include zests or juice of lemon, lime and/or orange.

Is citrus always necessary for the taste of the dish? And are there any other ingredients that will provide the same tasty results without my having to take Benadryl?

Sent by Fawn

Editor: Fawn, you'll find some non-citrus-based suggestions in the comments of this post:

Readers, can you suggest any substitutes for citrus juice and zest? And do you have any thoughts on when it is fine to skip the citrus versus when it is integral to the finished dish?

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