Botanicals - Bitter Orange Peel
Bitter Orange Peel - coarse cut
Product of Spain
Latin Name: Citrus × sinensis
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Pomanders became popular in the 13th century
when the first cases of the plague arrived in Europe; the pomanders at the time
were carried by the rich and were made from metals usually gold or silver. The
word ‘pomander’ comes from the French ‘pomme d’ambre’, which translates to
‘apple of amber’. Pomanders quickly become a popular item to carry filled with
herbs and spices to help eradicate smells and keep away disease. The Tudor and
Elizabethans liked to carry them around, as oranges became more widely
available and more affordable than gold and silver; oranges were studded with
cloves and dusted with other spices to perform the same function. These also
became known as pomanders.
You can add dried orange peel as a kindling to start BBQ’s, the fragrance from the fruit peel will lend its fragrance to meat and fish. Add to dry pot pourri blends and to simmering pot pourri, they can also be added to bath teas and a decoction of the peels can be added to lotions, creams and shampoos. An infusion of the herb can be used to wash floors and surfaces. Dried orange peel can also be added to a sugar, pepper or salt grinder to make freshly ground orange sugar/salt/pepper.