In May, my family rented a beautiful house in Céret. Actually it was an old Catalan Mas and it sat in the most floral of settings. Outside there was not only a cherry orchard and an assortment of herbs, but also lilacs and roses, and my favorite–an orange tree laden with blossoms. The perfume from all those tiny white flowers was divine. At the end of each long beach day and just after my husband and I put our daughter to bed, I’d sit on the windowsill with a glass of wine and take in that heavenly fragrance.
See the house where I grew up in Laurel Canyon also had an orange tree and its flowers always made our yard smell so pretty. Sweet and delicate but with a citrus punch. I’ve never forgotten it. Whenever I go shopping for perfumed oils I only search out fragrances with notes of orange blossom. It’s a scent that comforts me.
It’s also a taste I adore.
Orange blossom water is the perfumed distillation of bitter orange blossoms. Its flavor is extremely floral and far more intense than that of rose water even though they are often used in place of each other. What I’m saying is a little goes a long way. Use sparingly. Unless you’re not cooking with it and have opted to use it for morning ablutions instead. In which case, pour it on!
My recipe for kiwi orange blossom popsicles is below. How did I come to pair orange blossom with kiwi? Through lots of experimentation. But I promise you it’s a winner!
the juice of 3 large oranges
5 peeled kiwi fruit
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
1/4 cup honey
Add all ingredients to the blender and purée. Pour into popsicles molds and freeze at least 4 hours.