National Orange Blossom Day

flower orange blossom in spring in pollinating time
It’s no secret the orange blossom is the official flower of the state of Florida. Cathy Isom checks out why we celebrate a fragrant flower from a sweet fruit. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

National Orange Blossom Day

From: National Day Calendar

National Orange Blossom Day – June 27

National Orange Blossom Day is observed annually on June 27th.  This day is set aside to enjoy Orange Blossoms for their aesthetic beauty.  Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide.  They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!

Bottles with ingredients for the perfumeFragrant orange blossoms offer multiple health benefits when prepared correctly to make a tea or orange blossom water. Some of the advantages may include improved sleep, reduced anxiety and improved circulation.

Not surprisingly, the orange blossom is Florida’s state flower. Not only do the flowers result in the sweet as sunshine orange fruit, but thanks to the pollinating bees, we also get to enjoy a unique honey with a faintly orange flavor a delightful treat. The blossom’s scent goes into making perfumes and other fragrances for the home.

How to Observe

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From: Any Day Guide

Everyday is a food holiday and June 27 is National Orange Blossom Day. Orange blossoms are not used directly as food, but they found their place in culinary dishes.Bee pollinating orange blossom flower in spring

Orange blossoms are used in different treats and desserts worldwide. Any dish will have a slight citrus flavor due to adding some orange blossoms. And drinks are especially delicious with orange blossoms. You can taste orange blossoms through honey. When bees pollen orange trees, the resulting honey has got the citrusy taste. This honey is very expensive, but a spoon of it would be great for a fresh French toast.

However, National Orange Blossom Day honors not only small white flowers, but also the Orange Blossom cocktail. Mix 1 ounce of apricot brandy, 1/2 ounce of Galliano, 1/2 ounce of orange juice, 1 ounce of vodka and ice. Pour cocktail in highball glass and top with ginger ale. Decorate cocktail with a slice of orange.

There is another recipe of Orange Blossom cocktail. Mix in shaker 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ice cubes. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish cocktail with an orange slice. Now you can celebrate the holiday.


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