Orange Flowers

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Orange flowers come from the bitter or Seville orange, Citrus aurantium, and they have been used for millennia to flavor sweets and other dishes in the Middle East, usually in the extract called orange-flower water. The distinctive perfume results from a mixture of terpenes also found in roses and lavender, with an important contribution from the same compound that flavors concord grapes (methyl anthranilate).