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Orange Blossom Dried Flowers

Description Price Quantity
Orange Blossom Flowers Dried Standard Jar 12g £2.00
Orange Blossom Flowers Dried 30g Bulk Bag £3.95

Flavours:Floral, Herby

Cuisine:British


Contents:Vegan
, Caffeine free
, Sugar free
, Salt free


Orange Blossom Dried Flowers

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Orange blossom are lovely floral flowers, which are traditionally used to flavour drinks, e.g. neroli oils used in Coca-Cola and petitgrain in Pepsi Cola and Petit Grain (a spirit in France), or in the making of sweetmeats.  At Steenbergs, we use orange blossom for flavouring flower infused salts and tea blends.  In Spain, orange blossom itself is used to make a herbal tea. Orange blossom is highly fragrant and is used to make orange flower water.  Orange blossom is the state flower of Florida and is associated with good fortune.


Orange blossom comes from bitter orange trees, Citrus x aurantium. Bitter orange covers a range of fruits such as Seville orange (this used to be called the Bigarade) and bergamot orange. Bitter orange is the source of the flavours used for Steenbergs organic orange extract and the blossom is used for Steenbergs organic orange blossom water. Bitter orange is also used as the rootstock for the sweet orange. Bitter orange trees are an evergreen flowering tree that grows to around 10m in height (30-35ft). Orange leaves are arranged alternately and have an oval shape, being darker green on the upper side of its leaves than underneath, growing to 5-10cm in length ( 2-4 inches). Citrus trees are almost entirely infertile and are propagated through grafting, with the sweet orange often using bitter orange as the rootstock. They are grown outside in groves and must be grown in warmer temperatures of 16-29C (60-85F). The orange fruit is really a modified berry, with numerous seeds, is fleshy and soft with around 10 segments (or carpels) inside, and derives from a single ovary. The orange fruit is covered in a bright orange rind created from the thickening of the ovary wall. The orange seed is the "pip" and the white material within the peel is called the "pith". The pigmented outer skin is full of oil glands that contain much of the heady notes of citrus and when flexing a piece of orange peel it will release oil from the glands, sometimes as a spray from the limonene oils.  Orange blossom is softly floral and a beautiful white with a yellow centre for the stamens; the flavour of the orange blossoms comes from a mixture of terpenes as also found in lavender and roses with some extra flavour from methyl anthranilate that flavours concord grapes.  For more on bitter orange trees, try Ingredientia and Wikipedia.


Steenbergs orange blossom is part of Steenbergs range of culinary flowers for use as natural finishing touches to your creative masterpieces.  Steenbergs, also, has a wide range of organic spices, organic peppercorns, organic herbs, organic seasoning blends, organic extracts and flavours and organic teas. If you want more information, the best thing is to email enquiries@steenbergs.co.uk or call 01765 640 088.


 

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