Friday, October 22, 2010
PhotoHunt - Orange
One of the distinct features of Athens is the rows of orange trees that lined the streets and pathways. When I first spotted these trees laden with fruits, I was intrigued. They are highly aromatic, look so fruitful but it makes me wonder why had no one picked them. I later found out that the fruits were actually bitter oranges, far too sour and bitter to enjoy.
These oranges are picked every year by the city hall and they are primarily used to make marmalade, liqueurs like Cointreau and Grand Marnier, or various sauces, glazes and other culinary treats. The flowers are used to produce essences for aromatherapy and the leaves for herbal purposes.