Grated orange peel adds a richer depth to the orange experience in desserts, rubs, gravies, and even beer!
These orange peel granules are grated, dried, and then minced. Their aroma is like nutty orange blossoms. Fresh orange zest has its place, but if you need something to have a deeper POW of orange, than this is your ingredient, from meat rubs to sweet cream desserts.
When dried and granulated orange peel’s aroma is followed by a tropical, huskier, tart-sweet flavor. It’s a unique flavor that only dry-cured oranges can offer.
Orange trees are grown for their sweet fruit in native tropical, and sub-tropical climates, and in deserts. In 2014, 70.9 million tons of oranges were grown worldwide. Brazil produced 24% of the world total. China and India followed. The peel is used in cuisines all over the world.
Oranges are a hybrid fruit, a pairing of pomelo (Citrus maxima) and mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata). The first reference to the fruit is in Chinese literature in 314 BC. The name “orange,” is an Anglicized take on orenge, the French term in the 1300s, which itself was adapted from the Arabic word, nāranj, which is a riff on the Persian nārang, which borrows from the Sanskrit nāranga. Their origins are muddy, but somewhere in China is a leading contender, as the fruits combined both are native there. Orange trees are the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. Oranges mutate naturally, as the trees are infertile, and need to be grafted to produce fruit. The Portuguese navel orange (Umbigo), is probably closest to the fruit that most of us consume.
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