3 things you may not know about oranges
- The blossoms are a sign of good fortune and fertility. The aromatic, delicate white flower of an orange tree is the perfect addition to a bouquet or bridal wreath.
- They are an alkaline fruit. Alkaline foods promote good health, help stave off illnesses and are key to a balanced diet. Pair that with the high vitamin C content, and you have yourself a super food.
- When a Valencia orange is slightly green in colour it means the orange has had a chance to naturally ripen on the tree, having reabsorbed chlorophyll, and making it a juicier choice.
1 tip you can’t live without
- Leave some of the pith (the white part under the peel) of the orange to eat. It contains about the same amount of vitamin C as the fruit.
2 ways to try oranges right now
- In a marmalade with your favourite vanilla ice cream. Choose one made with Seville oranges (available from January to March) as a tart companion.
- Try making candied orange peel. Simple recipes call for just water, orange peel and sugar.
2 varieties to look for at your grocer
- Blood oranges. Besides their intense rich colour, blood oranges have a distinct flavour that mixes orange, grape and raspberry.
- Kumquats are a delectable treat worth trying. The rind is sweet while the fruit is sour. Eat it whole or eat only the rind.
1 tool to keep on hand
- A juicer. Look for a retro-inspired model, such as the Mighty OJ to add some zing to your countertop.