Whether adding its distinctive aroma to perfumes, infusing its flavour into food and drink or soothing a number of ailments, orange flowers bitter are highly versatile. They have a long history of being used across regions and cultures.
Orange flowers bitter have been used since the 1500s in Europe to treat a wide range of conditions, including gout, sore throats, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues and nervous complaints. In addition, this ingredient was used as both a tonic and a carminative to help with dyspepsia according to Chinese folk medicine.
Orange flowers bitter have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so they’re useful to address a range of conditions including skin complaints and inflammation. It is also thought that orange flowers bitters could help manage low blood sugar levels in diabetics.
It’s not just in treating health ailments that orange flowers bitter come into its own – it also has a number of other uses. Its distinct aroma and taste make it perfect for the kitchen. It can enhance a number of dishes and beverages. It’s often used to flavour French pastries and in Mediterranean cuisine. It is typically used to flavour drinks such as Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau and Curacao, as well as breakfast time favourite, marmalade.
Orange flowers bitter can also be used as a natural dye, to colour fabrics, cosmetics or paper products. Although the peel of the plant is responsible for producing a yellow-orange dye, the flowers actually produce a green-hued dye.
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