Organic Orange Peel Dried Standard 45g Steenbergs details and description
Steenbergs Organic Orange Peel (also known as organic bitter orange peel) comprises 1-2mm roughly cut granule of dried orange peel from the bitter orange tree. Organic orange peel has a light citrus aroma and mildy citrussy flavour with a hint of pleasant bitterness. Organic orange peel has a light orange colour. Steenbergs organic orange peel is best used within other mixes whether when making tea or creating rubs or flavoured crusts for chicken, lamb or pork.
Orange peel 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 and orange blossom, as well as for the organic orange peel. 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. Going back to the fleshy fruit, the best way to check the quality of an orange is to squeeze an orange to death in your hands and if it runs almost a cup of juice then the quality is good, but if it runs dry then the quality is bad - so the juicier the better the quality. The 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. The bitter orange granules is made from drying the outer rind, removing any excess pith, then cutting the dried peel. For more on bitter orange trees, try Wikipedia.
Steenbergs organic orange peel is part of Steenbergs range of organic spices, organic peppercorns, organic herbs, organic seasoning blends, organic extracts and flavours and organic teas. In fact, we use these organic orange peel granules in the making of some of Steenbergs teas. If you want more information, the best thing is to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01765 640 088.