Oranges are sweet, juicy and full of vitamins. But that's not all: oranges are also versatile. Whether pure, as juice or jam, in desserts or smoothies - oranges are suitable for baking and cooking as well as a small snack in between. We reveal what makes oranges so healthy and why the juicy vitamin bombs are so good for our defenses.
Ingredients: Why oranges are so healthy
Oranges are rich in vitamins and minerals. For example, 100 grams of its pulp contain around 50 milligrams of vitamin C - more than half of the recommended daily allowance. The vitamin strengthens the immune system and protects us from infections.
In addition, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron, which is needed for oxygen transport in the blood. The mineral is also found in the round fruits (0.4 milligrams per 100 grams). In addition, in oranges include vitamins of the B group, folic acid and phosphorus.
Also in terms of calories, oranges need not hide: 100 grams contain only about 47 kilocalories.
Oranges - versatile
With us the citrus fruits are especially in the winter season. Meanwhile, oranges are available in the supermarket throughout the year and an integral part of our diet. From the tropical fruits can do much more than just freshly squeezed orange juice.
For example, they taste really good:
- as orange marmalade
- in cookies, muffins and cakes
- in desserts such as tiramisu, orange cream or fruit salad
- in orange sauce as a side dish to fish or meat
- in salads, for example in fennel salad
- as a component of smoothies
That's in orange peels
When peeling an orange you should not be too thorough: Not only is the flesh of the orange healthy, but also its white skin. This contains many phytochemicals that are supposed to protect against various diseases.
Also, the outer, orange layer of the shell is edible. It is used in wafer-thin strips (so-called Zesten) or in grated form mainly for baking and cooking, but also for decorating desserts. However, you should make sure to use oranges from organic quality and wash them thoroughly with hot water before. Traditional oranges are often treated with preservatives or, to make them look more beautiful, wax, which is why their peel is not fit for consumption.
The orange peel so popular in the Christmas bakery is also made from orange peel. For its production, the peel of bitter oranges (bitter orange) is candied.
Essential orange oil
The orange peel also contains essential oils that spread a wonderful fragrance. This is not only used for Christmas, if you make scented candles out of the bowls or dry orange slices as a decoration.
The essential orange oil is also used throughout the year in aromatic bath products and other cosmetics, but also in orange liqueur and food use.