Orange recipes

There are two main types of oranges: sweet oranges and bitter (Seville) oranges. The former can be thick- or thin- skinned, with or without seeds, and has sweet-tasting orange or red-flecked flesh. Bitter oranges have aromatic dimpled skin with very bitter pith and very sour, pale-orange flesh. They always contain seeds.

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Navel, Valencia and blood oranges are the main types of sweet oranges. They are used in both sweet and savoury dishes, but where necessary add a little lemon juice or zest to strengthen their flavour.

Use sweet oranges in savoury salads minced with some of the following: bitter leaves, pomegranate seeds, feta, red onion and olives. Use their freshly squeezed juice in butter sauces or dressings.

Sweet oranges are widely used in sweet dishes - flavoured with caramel, cinnamon or orange flower water - or as a flavouring for chocolate or rhubarb. Finely grated or julienned orange zest adds a touch of bitterness to cakes and desserts.

Article by Sybil Kapoor

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