Blood orange syrup for cakes, pastries, soft drinks and the treatment of colds and flu symptoms.
Preparation of the orange syrup
Here’s how to prepare a drink with health oranges, a syrup rich in vitamin C that will please everyone for its pleasant citrus flavor. A drink that helps to keep away the ailments of the winter season and the annoying and frequent colds that attack us all year round.
For the preparation of the orange syrup choose oranges juicy, red or yellow preferably freshly picked in the orchard, in the vegetable garden or even in the garden and even in pots if you have them available. Freshly picked oranges are richer in essential oils and active ingredients.
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The recipe for orange syrup is very easy and the time required for preparation is only 40 – 50 minutes in total.
Wash the oranges, brush the peel well under running water.
Dry them and then peel them with a sharp knife, removing the white filaments.
Squeeze the oranges, strain the juice with a colander and then weigh it.
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Transfer the orange juice into a steel pot, add the sugar according to the indicated doses, 1 kg for 1/2 liter of juice, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Put on the heat over low heat and bring the syrup to a boil, stirring often.
Let the syrup simmer for 20 minutes.
After the indicated time, remove the pot from the heat and immediately add the peel of the oranges, which you have set aside, cut into strips, mix and let cool.
When the orange syrup has cooled, strain it again and then bottle it or put it in airtight jars well sterilized.
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Storage of orange syrup
Store the bottles containing the orange syrup in a dark place away from heat sources. After use, remember to close the bottle well to avoid the dispersion of the active ingredients of the oranges.
This delicious spiced syrup can be used as an ingredient in the preparation of crêpes, ice cream, summer fruit salad, to flavor aperitifs and use it as a dip for fruit-based cakes, for the cream of fresh fruit tart.
Diluted with mineral water you can use it with ice cubes as a summer thirst quencher.
To obtain an orange syrup with an even stronger flavor, at the end of cooking you can also add some orange peels.
Do not extend the cooking time otherwise the syrup tends to solidify.
You can recover the peel of oranges if they come from organic farming for the preparation of other recipes such as: peel of oranges in alcohol, peels of candied oranges or you can dry them and then use them to marinate fish or meat, prepare an herbal tea, a cake or simply as a home fragrance in potpourri.
If you want, you can also prepare a more aromatic syrup, orange syrup with spices: cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla.
Curiosities about oranges
Orange is a fruit native to China and Southeast Asian countries. The fruit was introduced in Sicily and other regions of the Mediterranean by the Arab populations around the VII – VIII centuries AD
Orange trees are widely cultivated in almost all Italian regions, even in orchards or in home gardens and very often also as an ornamental fruit plant in the garden and in a large pot on balconies and terraces.
Oranges are citrus fruits with well-known beneficial properties for the body. They are low in calories and a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.