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citric acid

Type

Chemical additives

Also known as

sour salt

Description

Generic for an extract of citrus fruit (mainly lemons and limes), usually marketed in crystaline form, used in drinks to provide acidity, increase tartness, enhance flavor and, to some extent, stabilize color and flavor.

Flavor

sour

Availability

Generally available. Distributed world-wide. Available for on-line ordering in some markets.

Substitute

lemon juice, lime juice

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