Oranges are indisputably some of the best sources of vitamin C across the globe. Originally a hybrid between a pomelo and mandarin, the orange gained massive popularity on its own. In fact, orange trees had become the most cultivated trees in the world by 1987.
And one of the most common varieties of oranges is the navel orange. Navel oranges are named as such due to their easily identifiable “navel” at one end of the fruit. Because navel oranges have a long growing season, they have been widely distributed and are found in many parts of the world.
Navel oranges are known for their relatively thicker and easy-to-peel skin, as well as their slightly–yet pleasant–bitter and tart flesh compared to other sweet oranges. As such, they are not often used for pure juicing. They are, however, perfect for many other recipes that involve cooking, salads, or even sauces.
Try these delicious orange recipes.
Orange Walnut Chard Salad
Chard is one of those vegetables that everyone seems to overlook at the grocery store, but they really are amazingly delicious and versatile. Toss it in a salad with some walnuts with extra crunch, and oranges for refreshing juiciness.
Seared Salmon with Orange Glaze
Salmon is not only delicious, but is also known for its long list of nutrients, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. As many citrus flavours complements well with seafood, try pairing the salmon with a nice orange glaze.
Arugula Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Arugula has a peppery zest on its own. Add some mushrooms, shallots, oranges, and orange vinaigrette, and you’ve really got a crowd pleaser. Or pack it as a healthy lunch. Make your coworkers jealous.
Asparagus with Orange Butter
Ever wonder why restaurants always give you a wedge of lemon when you order asparagus? It’s because citrus enhances the flavours of this delicious vegetable! Drench these healthy greens with delicious, melted orange butter for the most delicious asparagus ever.
Roasted Garlic and Orange Marinade
Stop marinating with your everyday, boring marinade. Marinating with a roasted garlic and orange concoction will turn any meal into a gourmet masterpiece. The citric acid helps break down the meat, tenderizing it while the roasted garlic will enhance its flavours.
What are your favourite ways to prepare oranges in recipes? We’d love to hear them!