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.
The pagan Orange is a type of blond orange grown in the agro-Sarnese and in particular in the municipalities of Pagani and S. Egidio of Monte Albino, whose origin is probably Chinese, although it was imported into Europe by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. Of its importation by the Portuguese merchants remains traced also in its name in dialect "Port", whose etymology unites the Neapolitan dialect with other languages, such as the Turk and the Greek, and dialects, like the Calabrian or the Sicilian. The importation in these areas is, however, very ancient, historical documents attest that the first specialized orange groves were implanted since 1845.
This is probably due to the particular predisposition of the soil, of volcanic or alluvial origin, and to the particularly favorable climate. The pagan orange matures in late spring, distinguishing itself from the other local varieties. The color of its skin ranges from bright orange to a yellow that tends to ochre.
Campania has a strong wine-growing tradition, especially in the flat and hilly areas is produced a quality of grape called "UVA Cornicella", because it presents strongly elongated and curved berries, reminiscent of croissants. The berries are green, of a color that tends to the golden and rusty in the parts more exposed to the sun and their pulp is sweet, very crispy and rich in grape seeds, while the skin is quite consistent.
Thanks to the texture of the skin, the Cornicella is endowed with a remarkable keeping, a characteristic that makes it still today very widespread on the regional market, despite having lost the primacy as a result of the diffusion of more modern crops.