Seasonal Ingredient of the Week: Oranges

Oranges: one of the sunniest, brightest fruits yet at it's best during the coldest, dullest months. Possibly nature's way of telling us 'hold in there, this is what's to come'? Although British climates don't allow for locally grown varieties, oranges are at their peak in Southern Europe this time of the year - meaning they're full of flavour and plentiful! 

GET THE BEST 

 go for oranges that are firm and heavy - the heavier the orange, the juicier. Sometimes big isn't always best either, the larger of the bunch can be less concentrated and sweet.

WHICH VARIETY

- Navel oranges from Spain are consistently high quality - seedless and easy to peel too.
- Want to juice? Valencias are your top choice. 
- Jaffa oranges from Cyprus and Turkey are also a delicious, flavoursome option
- The special occasion orange? Blood oranges are beautiful in colour, rich and well perfumed. 

RECIPE IDEAS

- Orange slices are a great addition to salads - such as in our orange + fennel hydration box. Try pairing the sweet fruit with bitter flavours such as rocket and olives for a delicious contrast. 

- They're also perfect for a zingy dressing such as an orange vinaigrette. Just mix the juice of one large orange with 2tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 tsp of salt and mix in a blender. 

- A great addition to Moroccan stews too - add full slices, including the skin to a slow cooked lamb dish along with cinnamon, paprika, turmeric and raisins for lots of flavour.

- And of course there's cake. Orange is great in cakes - orange polenta cake, orange drizzle cake, orange + cranberry muffins. Thanks to the naturally sweet taste, these can all easily be made healthy too. 

- And of course there's orange juice - the most popular of all juices. There's nothing better than freshly squeezed orange juice on a weekend, but we love carrot, orange + ginger juice too (we recommend one bag of carrots for everyone one orange). 

- Maybe one for wellness rather than health, but we couldn't leave it out. Oranges are the a key fruit for delicious sangria through the summer months, and warming mulled wine throughout winter.