Over the last few weeks I have been blessed with several bags of oranges and lemons, given to me by people with an abundance of fruit on their home citrus trees. Today I had a lovely time making a few things with some of the citrus. If you have a citrus tree, or have been given some citrus, here’s a few ideas for using them.

Lemon cordial, blood oranges and orange iced tea
Lemon cordial, blood oranges and orange iced tea

Of course, nothing beats just eating fresh oranges as they are, we have been eating oranges for weeks now. Lemon cordial is another great way to use lemons, and is absolutely delicious. You can find the recipe here. Today I made some lemon cordial, you can make cordial with any combination of citrus, but my family’s favourite is lemon. I also made some iced tea with an orange flavour for added zing! I have read that citrus peel can be dried and then used as a fire starter because of the oil found in the peel. So I decided to try drying the skins rather than overwhelming the compost with too much citrus peel. I just laid the juiced lemon and orange halves on a tray in the sun in my garden area, so I will see how they go and let you know!

Orange flavoured iced tea
Orange flavoured iced tea

Orange flavoured Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 tea bags
  • 1.5 litres water (1.5 quarts)
  • juice of 3 or 4 oranges
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water extra
Delicious Blood Oranges given to us by a friend.
Delicious Blood Oranges given to us by a friend.

Method

  1. Place tea bags and 1.5 l boiling water in a large tea pot
  2. Allow to steep for about an hour
  3. Dissolve sugar in 1 cup of boiling water
  4. Combine orange juice, sugar syrup and tea in a large jug
  5. Refrigerate

Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

Drying some citrus peel in the sun.
Drying some citrus peel in the sun.