Orange Peels in Syrup

My mother used to make this sweets but I did not have the recipe and I found a wonderful site which had it. Here is the version from “Las Comidas de Rhodes” written by Solly (Salomon Menashe) He was from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and had a great selection of recipes de "los nuestros". His site is unfortunately not available anymore. This is a simplified version.



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4 Seville Oranges

4 cups Sugar 

11/2 cup water

Juice of one orange

Juice of one lemon


  • Slice the outer skin of the orange into 6 segments.

  • Detach the skin from the orange and remove the pith.

  • Roll each strip and place a toothpick to hold it together.

  • Place the strips in a pot with boiling water until the peels have softened slightly +- 20 min. 

  • Put the peels into cold water, allow to soak for 12 hours. Drain and repeat for a few day until the water in which the peels have soaked has no bitterness. Strain the peels and place them onto a plate.

  • In a saucepan boil the other ingredients to start making the syrup.

  • Add the orange strips to the syrup.

  • When the syrup has thickened, remove from the heat, take out the toothpick from the orange peels and pour the orange peels and the syrup into the sterilized jars. Close the jar when cool.

  • Can be stored for many months. 


PS: A simple method of sterilizing the glass containers is to put a spoonful of water in the open containers and run in a microwave oven for 40 seconds.

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