Orange trees normally blossom sometime in the spring. Only some of the snowy white flowers will actually produce a fruit, which can then take up to six months to mature on the tree. The petals fall to the ground and are quickly gathered so that they are still in very good shape when they are distilled.
Here is a real easy way to make orange blossom flower water at home using everyday kitchen equipment. (Time Required: 1-hour preparation)
- Use flowers petals that are free from herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides.
- Hybrid orange blossom varieties lack the fragrance and essence (that has been bred out of them). Use only true flowers.
- Pick blossoms early in the morning (2 to 3 hours after sunrise) before the sun gets too hot.
- Wash the blossoms and petals in cool water and rinse thoroughly to remove insects and other debris.
Macerate petals using a stone or porcelain mortar and pestle and let sit for several hours.
- Place petals in a large glass jar with lid and cover with distilled water. Less is more. You can always add more later.
- Let stand in the full sun for a couple of weeks. Check the scent. If it is too weak leave it in the sun for another week.
- Strain the blossom water into several smaller sterilized jars with lids.
- Store in a cool dark location such as the refrigerator.
What You Need:
- Orange flower petals, preferably from Seville orange trees
- Distilled water
- Bowl, strainer and fresh water for washing the petals
- Stone or porcelain mortar and pestle
- Large glass jar with lid
- Small sterilized glass jars or bottles for storing the orange flower water
Stainless steel dispensers afford you the reach for a cool refreshing glass of water on demand, while saving the planet’s landfills from being overrun by plastic bottle waste.
- Orange blossom water aids in sleeping, simply add a few drops in a glass of milk to help fall off to sleep. Many also enjoy a splash in their cup of tea.
- Add orange blossom water when you take your splash in your bath. It helps soften your skin and calm your nerves. You will smell and feel lovely.
Orange blossom water is safe, natural and good for you. Make some to enhance your well being and improve your health.
Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.
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