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Facts About Citric Acid

1. Citric Acid is a weak organic acid, its molecular formula is

2. Lemons and limes have particularly high concentrations of the
acid; it can constitute as much as 8% of the dry weight of these

3. At room temperature, citric acid is a white crystalline
powder, you can buy it from cookery or brewing supplies shops.

4. Commercially produced citric acid is mainly used for
preserving soft fruit drinks, and in home wine making.

5. Citric acid is used as a flavoring in many preparations of
Vitamin C.

6. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an
acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks, for example in
elderflower cordial.

7. It is denoted by E number E330

8. Citric acid is the active ingredient in some bathroom and
kitchen cleaning solutions. A solution with a 6% concentration of
citric acid will remove hard water stains from glass without

9. Industrial-scale citric acid production began in 1890 based on
the Italian citrus fruit industry.

10. Most citric acid is now produced by feeding sugar to Aspergillus niger bacteria.

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