Monin Orange Syrup
Monin Orange Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
With its tart, juicy and sweet qualities, theres little wonder why oranges are among the most popular fruits on the planet. Their versatility is another reason why this citrus treat is so prevalent in society. Along with being delicious on its own, the fruit is found in everything from savoury dishes to mouth-watering desserts. Now with Monin Orange Syrup, its flavour can be enjoyed in a whole new way. By using the syrup, you can instantly transform smoothies, cocktails and more with the sweet taste of orange.
Orange trees are believed to originate in India. It is said the fruit was used as long as 7,000 years ago, both in desserts and savoury dishes the latter of which included adding orange flavour to rice or a citrus kick to vegetables. By the start of the first millennium, historians note Chinese farmers had begun to cultivate oranges, and the fruit proved to be especially popular with the countrys nobility. In fact, orchardists of the time would compete against each other to grow the largest and sweetest oranges, all in the hope they would bring the most joy to their lord.
Around about the first century, the orange reached Europe. The fruit can be traced back to the Roman Empire, where they were traded with the Persians. Oranges were introduced to Spain, known as Al-Andalus at the time, by the Moors, and large-scale cultivation of the fruit began in the country during the 10th century. While oranges would flourish in the Mediterranean climate, they were a virtually unknown delicacy in England.
At least, that was the case for the general public in England. For the rich, citrus fruits such as oranges could be enjoyed. For instance, in 1289 Elanor of Castile had the opportunity to sample the fruits of her homeland when a Spanish ship landed in Portsmouth. As King Edward I was her husband, money was not an issue, and so her emissary was sent to the ship with the following shopping list: 15 lemons, 7 oranges. Fast forward a few centuries to 1530, and the Privy Purse accounts of King Henry VIII showed he gorged on orange pies.
It took until the Restoration period for oranges to be available to ordinary folk in England. The sweet orange species, which came from China during the 15th century, was the variety which became popularised in England. Even though cultivation of the sweet orange was largely covered by Portugal in the West, England paid homage to the fruits origins with the name China oranges. London theatregoers, unlike the confectionary they sample these days, would purchase the fruit from vendors known as orange wenches.
As the popularity of oranges spread, so did cultivation efforts across the world. The Americas would fall in love with citrus fruits, and it was purportedly Christopher Columbus who introduced the likes of lemon and orange seeds to these continents. He did this in 1493, and over the next century citrus orchards would crop up throughout Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Florida. Today, the Americas play a big part in the production of oranges. Brazil, Mexico and the United States are among the top five worldwide cultivators of the fruit, with Brazil being top of the pile by some distance.
Banana, Lemon and Orange Smoothie
Fresh, revitalising and delicious this smoothie recipe hits all the right spots. This thick, creamy drink combines the familiar flavours of banana and lemon, adds a drop of honey, and supplies a taste experience youll want to recreate again and again. Oh, and the decadence reaches new levels thanks to a lush orange-flavoured whipped cream topping.
What you will need:
- Chop up the two bananas. Place the slices into a blender alongside the semi-skimmed milk, lemon juice, lemon yogurt and honey. Whiz all of these ingredients together until all visible chunks are gone, and a smooth liquid has been created. If the smoothie is too thick for your tastes, add an extra splash of milk.
- When making the whipped cream, you will need the assistance of one certain kitchen gadget: a whipped cream dispenser. With the dispenser ready, pour in both the Monin Orange Syrup and fresh cream. Close the lid of the dispenser and ensure a cream charger is fastened onto the device. Now give the dispenser an energetic shake for about ten seconds.
- Pour the smoothie mix into a suitable glass. Finish with a generous serving of the orange whipped cream on top. NOTE: If Monin Orange Syrup is mixed with Milk/Steamed Milk/Hot Milk it will curdle dues to the citrus within the syrup, please note before purchase.