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Orange blossom water

6 comments Apr 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes

The bitter orange in the garden is in full bloom and I read more and more about orange blossom water in recipes posted for various blog events here on my blog. A good chance to try and produce some. I had a look around and got the impression that it is fairly easy to make. Well, we will see…

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Waiting time: 14 days

easy recipe

Ingredients:

  • flowers of bitter orange
  • water

Preparation:

Collect the flowers of the bitter orange. Wash them well.

Sterilize a jar in the oven. Boil a liter of water.

Crush the flowers in a mortar but leave some as they are.

Fill the jar with the orange blossoms and the water. Let it sit in a sunny place for approximately 2 weeks. Drain the water and fill it into a bottle to keep.

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  1. I am not sure if this method works. I know first hand that my mother used to make blossom water from citrus trees and roses but she used a distiller. The blossoms were boiled with water in the distiller and only the vapours collected was the blossom water, not the one remaining in the distiller. Anyway wish you luck with this and if it works please let me know. It may be too late in two weeks to make some as the citrus trees here are in full blossom now but maybe next year.

  2. Yes Ivy, you are right, blossom waters are products from the direct steam distillation of flowers. However, I am very curious about the product of this method.

  3. Thank you for the input Ivy. I also would have guessed that a destiller is necessary. I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

  4. From what I have seen here they pick the flower early in the morning, then work with them within 1-2hours by putting them in distilled water (in a large) mason jar then leave them in the sun for up 2weeks, checking the scent as the weeks go by; Never done it myself but curious now!

  5. In Lebanon people use a distiller too; I would give anything to have these blossoms in my lap right now! What a treat.

  6. From what I have seen here they pick the flower early in the morning, then work with them within 1-2hours by putting them in distilled water (in a large) mason jar then leave them in the sun for up 2weeks, checking the scent as the weeks go by; Never done it myself but curious now!

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