Oranges are one of the world’s most popular fruits. Although not native to many of us, most people buy and eat them on a regular basis. And as often they are sold in bags, it’s not uncommon to end up with a few that would go off, if not used up. So instead of throwing them out, try these low-food-waste recipes to use them up! Sticky Vegan Orange Cake (The Veg Space) is made with plant-based yoghurt and ground almonds, then served with an orange drizzly syrup.
Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods including citrus fruits and spices are unsafe around animal friends).
Along with standard oranges, you can buy darker richer Spanish blood oranges, and there are also mandarins, clementines and easy-to-peel Japanese satsumas. You can sub blood oranges for recipes, but they will be a different taste and colour. You can even use the rind to make a 5-ingredient whole orange cake.
Oranges only came to England during the 17th century, and only eaten by people who had access to orangeries (big greenhouses). Before that, Queen Eleanor (from Spain) would order oranges to dock at Portsmouth in 1289, as she was homesick for the fruits. Most oranges come from southern Europe (Pesticide Action Network say oranges (along with grapes) are usually covered in a cocktail of pesticides before arriving on supermarket shelves. So try to choose organic if you can.
This vegan orange cake (Addicted to Dates) is a recipe by a classically-trained Irish baker. You can use standard or blood oranges for this recipe, drizzled with Christina’s homemade orange curd.
homemade vegan orange cookie recipes
These orange cardamom cookies (Short Girl, Tall Order) are super-simple and quick to make. This flavour combination is very popular in Middle Eastern cooking, ideal with a nice cup of tea.