PHOTOGRAPH: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM
Knock Knock! Who is there? Orange. Orange who? Orange Are you glad we rounded up some sweet and savory recipes that highlight this spectacular fruit? Oranges are truly one of the most versatile fruits and can be an integral part of recipes ranging from fruity desserts to citrusy dinners, with drinks and healthy snacks in between. Check out our 26 recipes for ideas.
When we talk about ‘oranges’, what do we really mean? There are over 300 varieties of oranges, so it’s not as easy as grabbing an old orange-colored fruit. The most readily available option is a navel orange, and like the ubiquitous red delicious apple, they really aren’t that great to eat. or make juice. Looking for juice? Go for a tangerine or a Valencia orange, which are usually sweeter and juicier. Want an orange to snack on? Try a tangerine, clementine, or a Cara Cara orange. Looking for something a little outside the box? Try a blood orange or a Tangelo (like a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo, which looks a bit like an oversized grapefruit). Obviously there are MANY options, so use these tips to get started and get creative with the varieties you can find.
Now that you have your oranges in your hands, what should you make with them? You could make something classically sweet, like our inverted citrus cake, ragweed salad, or orange marmalade. Hot tip: rub orange peel in your sugar before by mixing it with other ingredients to get an EXTRA citrus flavor. Or go savory with all-time favorite sticky orange chicken, our sheet pan glazed chicken with citrus glaze, or our shrimp ceviche (oranges are one of the fruits that help “cook” shrimp without heat).
And don’t forget drinks! If you’re the type to drink a glass of orange juice with your breakfast, you’ll love our creamsicle milkshake for an afternoon treat. Want something boozier? You can’t beat a simple mimosa, but orange juice is also delicious in mixed cocktails such as our frozen negroni or orange crush.
Want more fresh produce inspired recipe ideas? Check out our groundbreaking zucchini recipes, our favorite sweet corn recipes, and our best peach recipes (they go beyond dessert, too).