AN ABUNDANCE OF CITRUS

Right before these beauties go out of season, let’s hero them one last time. First on the best zested list is a quick and easy marmalade. Preserves are a must when trying to use up citrus and this blood orange marmalade recipe is a winner.

Words by Mlizma King

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BLOOD ORANGE MARMELADE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 kg of blood oranges
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1,5 kg sugar
  • 2 L of water

METHOD

  1. Start by boiling the whole oranges in 2 litres water until very soft – it will take about 2 hrs.
  2. Pour the liquid into a large saucepan. Cut the oranges into wedges, remove the pips, then gently squeeze the wedges over the pan to extract the juice.
  3. Thinly slice them, and add to the pan with sugar and lemon juice.
  4. Dissolve over the heat then boil for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Allow for the mixture to cool slightly for 15 mins before pouring into sterilised jars.

It can be used as a delicious topping for breads or scones, also wonderful to drizzle over yogurt or ice cream. But the most interesting option is adding it to savoury dishes to make sweet and spicy sauces for chicken, duck and seafood. Christmas is around the corner so consider putting a twist on a classic vinaigrette by whisking in a teaspoon or two, bottling it up and making it a pretty gift. Of course, the same can be done with the jars of marmalade.

Interested in making your own Lemoncello, or even Clemoncello?

An apple… or an orange a day, does keep the doctor away. You already know that citrus is an excellent source of vitamin C which is why so many people reach for these fruits during cold and flu season. But, there are more benefits than you think. They promote kidney health, fight against infection, help get rid the body of unhealthy bacteria, aid in healthy digestion, and jumps starts your metabolism. The best part, there are beauty benefits too, like well moisturized skin. The antioxidants present in citrus fruits speeds up cell turnover and removes dead skin cells. It enhances nail growth and can be a great body scrub, instead of throwing the citrus fruit peels, dry them and grind it up with some sugar. Store in a container and use it once a week to exfoliate your body.

Our friends at Woolworths Taste also have some delightful ways with citrus, whether it’s their Citrus Braised Shortrib or Abigail’s Winter Pavlova with Toffee Clemengolds, we love the sound of them all!

Whether you’re adding zest to your Cheesecake, cure mix or making a smooth curd, utilise this versatile fruit in one of its many ways!