Orange Honey

Orange Honey

Consistency: crystallised
Colour: very light, ranging in colour from white through to straw yellow and light beige
Aroma: floral, fruity, with a hint of orange blossom and a soft, persistent aroma of citrus peel
Taste: fruity and pleasantly acidic
Production area and period
It is collected in spring and at the start of summer in southern Italy and the Italian islands
Tips for use
Ideal for preparing baked desserts, for sweetening and flavouring yoghurts, desserts with custard or whipped cream, it is best enjoyed in cold dishes. This honey lends itself to
infinite possible pairings. It can be used in omelettes, spring vegetable salads, creative vinaigrettes, with raw or cooked fish and fresh to mature stretched curd cheeses (scamorza, provola, caciocavallo and mozzarella).

Related recipes

Greek yoghurt pots topped with orange honey, oranges, nuts and pollen
Serves 4:
  • 500g of low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 8 tablespoons of orange honey
  • Orange juice and rind as required
  • A handful of walnuts
  • A handful of almonds
  • 2 dried figs
  • 2 dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons of pollen

Mix the orange honey and filtered orange juice into an emulsion, so that the honey is runnier and softer. Flavour with the orange rind. Chop up the figs and dried apricots, shell the walnuts and break them up roughly using your fingers.

Now assemble the individual pots: in a glass or sundae dish, alternate the ingredients in layers. Place two tablespoons of Greek yoghurt in the bottom, top with a generous tablespoon of honey and orange sauce, then nuts (walnuts and flaked almonds) and dried fruit (figs and apricots), followed by another two tablespoons of Greek yoghurt, before garnishing with a sprinkling of pollen and the flaked almonds. The walnuts and flaked almonds can be replaced with hazelnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts. If you like, you can replace the dried fruit with other varieties (papaya or red fruits) or even with fresh fruit. For extra crunch, in addition to the dried fruit and nuts and pollen, you can use puffed or wholegrain cereals.

Winter salad with oranges, fennel, Treviso radicchio, walnuts and orange honey
Serves 4:
  • 2 heads of red Treviso radicchio
  • A handful of shelled walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon of orange honey
  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar of Modena
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Wash the radicchio and the fennel, cutting them respectively into strips and rounds or small chunks, then pat them dry. Supreme the oranges and cut into slices or chop them, as preferred. Prepare the dressing by mixing together the honey, oil and balsamic vinegar into an emulsion. Season with salt and pepper. Dress the fruit and vegetables with the resulting vinaigrette. Arrange the fennel rounds, radicchio, oranges and chopped walnuts on a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Orange honey is ideal for vinaigrettes.

Summer celery and pepper salad with orange honey
Serves 4:
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 heads of celery
  • Half a head of Iceberg lettuce
  • 12 pitted green olives
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil as required
  • 8 slices of homemade bread
For the sauce:
  • 2-4 tablespoons of juice of the cooked peppers
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of orange honey
  • Warm water, salt and pepper to taste

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the celery into long strips and place them in icy cold water to crisp them up. Cut the washed, dried lettuce into strips of a similar size. Roast the two peppers in the oven until tender, peel them and cut into 5cm wide strips. Place the peppers in a bowl, season lightly with salt and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Start making the sauce, using a sieve to collect all the juices from the peppers. Place the juices in a food mixer and add the same amount of oil and white wine vinegar; add two teaspoons of mustard and a teaspoon of orange honey, blending all the ingredients well and adding a little warm water if necessary. Then season with salt and pepper. Mix the lettuce and celery strips in a salad bowl, then dress with some of the sauce and toss well to coat the salad. Brush the slices of bread with a little oil and toast them in the oven; rub the clove of garlic on the toast to accompany the salad. Plate up the salad and add the peppers, green olives and celery leaves, then drizzle the remaining sauce on top. Serve the salad with the garlic bruschetta.

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