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Orange Blossom Water
Orange Blossom Water
Orange blossom water is cosmetic perfume, supposed medicinal qualities, and culinary potential, orange blossom water was bandied about the Middle East and Mediterranean, landing in delicate sweets, artfully spiced savory dishes.
Net weight : 125 ml
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Orange blossom water
About the Product
The orange has a long history in many Mediterranean countries
So does orange flower water
It is distilled from bitter orange blossoms and used to flavor drinks, salads and desserts
Orange blossom water is near and dear to two cuisines Americans take kindly to: French and Middle Eastern. Prized in Persian imperial courts for its cosmetic perfume, supposed medicinal qualities, and culinary potential, orange blossom water was bandied about the Middle East and Mediterranean, landing in delicate sweets, artfully spiced savory dishes, and any less-than-palatable drinking water that needed some covering up. Nowadays, its fruity, floral kiss is mostly reserved to the realm of desserts, but that's hardly a limitation.
WHAT IS ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER?
Orange blossom water is exactly what it sounds like: water distilled with the essence of flowers from orange trees. Specifically, bitter oranges, a variety we don't see much of in the States. Flower petals are gently boiled in water, and the aromatic steam is captured and condensed into a catch, producing an almost clear, highly fragrant, and gently flavored liquid. The process—which is the same way rose water is made—is easy to industrialize, so yesterday's perfume of emperors is easily affordable for today's cook.
To the uninitiated, orange blossom water's flavor is a surprise. It transports the clean brightness of orange groves to a field of wildflowers on a muggy day. The finish on the tongue is pleasantly bitter, much like chewing on orange peel. Okay, so it kind of smells like old lady perfume. But those blue-hairs are on to something. A wee dash of it gives food (and cocktails) an almost otherworldly quality.
HOW TO USE ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER ?
Orange blossom water is deceptively powerful. While its overall flavor isn't quite as deep as high-quality vanilla extracts (the lack of alcohol seems to make its flavor penetrate food differently), its bitterness is, so use it with caution lest it overwhelm all other ingredients. While vanilla is happy to blend in with other flavors, orange blossom floats atop them. It's the first thing you taste when you bite into something, and its aftertaste is one of the last.
This isn't to say it doesn't play nice with others. Nuts (especially walnuts and pistachios), sweet spices (such as cinnamon, cloves, and anise), semolina, coconut, rose, honey, and cream are only a few of its welcome pairings. Orange blossom water disperses especially well in syrups and cake-like pastries, such as madeleines, muffins, and cookies. Since it's first made through steam, its flavor carries well in the steamy environment of a rising cake. The French are fond of it in puff pastry for much the same reason, as well as in gibassiers, cake-like cookies flavored with candied orange peel and anise seed, then dusted with fine sugar. (Which makes me want to try them in Chichi's amazing lard- and anise-based biscochitos.) It's also delicious in meringue applications, especially pavlovas.