What are the oranges of Sorrento?
The oranges of Sorrento are characterized by a thick skin, an abundance of seeds and juice and a rather high caliber. The Orange is a traditional cultivation of the Sorrentine Peninsula, dating back to 1300, at that time constituted a considerable source of income, because it fed an intense current of direct export, by sea, to the main Italian markets and Europeans, so that over the centuries its cultivation has widened and improved.
The orange groves are protected from the wind and the cold by the characteristic pergolas, which, by delaying the ripening of the fruits, allow to collect the product in late spring. In fact you can collect oranges until the early days of August.
The Sorrento orange can be used in different ways. The most classic is to obtain from these fruits of the freshest juices, which can still be today, as has happened for centuries, to consume at the typical kiosks of Neapolitan acquafrescai. In addition, it can be used in cooking to make: jams, candied skins with or without cover of chocolate, sweets, aromatize liqueurs and to enrich salads.
To make an exquisite marmalade of oranges of Sorrento just get the oranges of Sorrento Fresh and sugar. Few simple ingredients and about 3 hours for preparation.
Wash the fruit and let it dry, then peel it by hand and cut into pieces. Remove the seeds. Put all the pulp in a pan together with the sugar and leave to cook for about an hour, stirring continuously. In the end, potted the hot jam in glass jars, previously sterilized.
Did you know that with these fragrant fruits, some daring crushers of the Salerno, have managed to make oil to the oranges of Sorrento. A combination of fine olives and oranges from the Sorrentine Peninsula. This oil is a good condiment for savory dishes and even to prepare greedy treats.