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National Orange Blossom Day
National Orange Blossom Day is celebrated mainly in the United States, where orange blossoms are widely used in cooking, cosmetics, and perfumery. Orange flowers have a wonderful aroma, but their beneficial properties are not limited to this.
It is not known who started the National Orange Blossom Day, but it can be assumed it came from the people of Florida. Indeed, since 1909, the orange flower has been the state symbol. Growing oranges is a developed industry in Florida; about 3 million tons of oranges are harvested there annually. Essential oils, cosmetics and perfumery products, and fragrant honey are produced there from orange tree flowers. Previously, garlands and bouquets of fleur d’orange were exported from Florida, when the tradition was alive to decorate the wedding dresses with them.
Orange flowers are becoming more and more popular as a food product. Their taste is delicate and slightly tart, and they contain essential oils, vitamins C and P, and phytoncides. They are low in calories and are popular with vegetarians. If orange flowers are used to decorate dishes, they do not need to be removed from the plate, they can be eaten! They help digestion, cleanse the body, strengthen the immune system, normalize the heart’s working, and calm the nervous system.
How to take part
Celebrate National Orange Blossom Day with these beautiful flowers.
- Prepare candied flowers. You will need a beaten egg white, powdered sugar, a sheet of parchment on a baking tray and an oven preheated to 70°C. With a brush, apply the egg white to the flowers, dip each flower in powder, dry in the oven. You can store candied flowers in an airtight jar for no longer than 1 month.
- Brew green tea with fresh or dried orange blossoms. For a teaspoon of green tea, add a tablespoon of flowers. Pour hot, but not boiling, water over it and leave for 5-7 minutes.
When is National Orange Blossom Day celebrated in 2022?
National Orange Blossom Day is observed on June 27 each year.