19 ottobre 2008

Weekend Herb Blogging # 154 Orange marmelade with Lemon Verbena


welcome to this week's herb Blogging!!
this week we are being hosted by Amy and Jonny from the blog
I wish to thank Kalyn's for this iniziative.
to know more about it like participation and rules, please read here.
this week I would like to intruduce to you a beatiful, perfumed and easy growing plant!
the lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora o Aloysia triphilla)



as you notice of the name..this perennial is appreciated for its citrus perfumed leaves.
Plant size varies according to climate.
here on the most beautiful lake of Italy- Lake Garda it reaches over 2 meters! :)
.if you stay in a more rigid climate you can plant it in a pot near the house so it remains in the "wormth".
anyway leave it near where you pass often for the perfume when you pass by and touch the plant.
leaves should be rubbed between fingers for maximum perfume.
here it loses almost all of it's foliage in the winter, but it doesn't matter beacuse the year after,
it will be back..even bigger, stronger and more beautiful :)
sooo...now that I'm sure you fell in love with the lemon verbena..
I will give you another reason why to plant it.
this marmelade..
you need.
700gr of organic oranges
500gr of castor sugar
10-20 leaves of Lemon Verbena
50gr of Lemon Verbena Liquor* (not necessary, but warmly recomended)
wash and brush well the oranges if there not organic.
cut in half and the in quarters and the in tiny slices.
you smaller they are, the quicker they cook.
and small slices looks better when you serve.
put the slices of orange(and the juice that sips out), all the sugar and the Lemon Verbena leaves in a big bowl. mix well.
add some of the liquore and mix again.
put over a cloth and put in a cool place(a fridge would be perfect)
let marinate for 12-24hours
than pour everything in a big pot and start cooking.
let cook on very little heat, just let it stir.
tray the consistence by putting a tablespoon of marmelade on a cold plate(if you keep the plate in the fridge before using it, this operation will be quicker)
tilt the plate and observe the marmelade.
if it slips very slowly or not at all, the marmelade is ready.
if not, go on cooking.
when the marmelade is ready, take the pot from the fire and add the rest of the liquore.
mix and pour in clean jars.
close tight and put the jars up-side down.
leave theme so, until the are perfectly cooled.
store in a cool, dark place...
try this marmelade with cereal bread.
see you next week at laurie's :)
Lemon Verbena Liquor

500g pure alcohol 90°
300g water
250g icing sugar
the peel of 2 green lemons
about 80 fresh verbena leaves,
best picked towards the end of August when plant is flowering.
Leave leaves and lemon peel in alcohol for 8 days.
Melt icing sugar in water and occasionally shake both mixtures.
Mix both liquids and leave to settle for one week before serving well-iced.

for italian versions:

29 commenti:

  1. io adoro questa erba...adoro la mia piantina in giaridno e il tuo liquore...adoro un atazza calda di questa tisana...io la chiamo anche lemoncina.
    p.s. ho capito quasi tutto di questa iniziativa...mi manca solo il tempo di tradure...mannaggia....ma mi impegno!! un bacione

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  2. Anche se ho capito qualcosa e non tutto tutto, le foto parlano da se!
    Brava...ciao Bri buona domenica :P

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  3. Mmmmmmmmm..che meraviglia, quella marmellata me la mangerei subito su un bel pezzettone di pane tostato...e poi ho appena preso la tostiera nuova coi punti dell'esselunga, eheheheheheheh!!!
    E il liquorino poi.....Brii sei instancabile!!
    Come vanno le camminate?
    Baci!
    P.s: ieri ho fatto la grappa con melagrana, ricetta tua!!!!!

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  4. Maaaaaaaa come ti scopiazzano Briiiiiii!!!!! Continuano proprio a rubarti le tue ricette ah poca fantasia forse è meglio se le cose le posti dopo sul forum ;)
    Questa marmellata è favolosa!!!! Posso dirlo... ma certo l'ho assaggiata!!!!! ahahahaha

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  5. buon pomeriggio amicheeee

    @loryyy....vero che è fantastica??!!
    non ti resta che provarla in marmellata eh eh
    basta un piccolo post...vorrei tanto che participassia nche tu..anzi tutte le amiche.
    trovo che sia un'inziativa così carina! e quante cosa che si impara!!!

    @roxina....bene..bene..allora ti fa anche da lezione di inglese. sono contenta.
    ps. sotto c'è il link per la versione in italiano :)

    @simooo....abbiamo una nuova stagione di marmellate di agrumi avanti a noi!!
    mi piacciono tantissimo!!
    eh si...perfetta sul pane tostato! ;)
    camminate ok!!ci sono ancora tedeschi sul lago che gironzolano..anche oggi avevo 2.
    ma penso che sia l'ultima settiama.
    speriamooooo..voglio stare a casaaaaa!!

    @tatiii...non importa...:)

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  6. I do love the smell of lemon verbena, and this sounds like a good way to use it.

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  7. good morning kalyn..
    me too, near my lemon verbena I have a solanum rantonnetii (purple nightshade?)
    it flowers together at the same time as the lemon verbena..and together the spread a wonderful perfume.
    I love to just go by touch and inhale...

    thank's for passing by, see you soon.
    bacioniii

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  8. Briiiiiiiiiiiiiii vieni a vedere da me la mia nuova cucina...so che tu la puoi apprezzare davvero!!! ti aspetto

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  9. eccomi..loryyyy...arrivo subito da teeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
    bacioniiii

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  10. Bri io sono ignorante per tutto cio' che riguarda piantine da guardare e da gustare....ma anche di molto altro eh !!!
    Ottima marmellata, ormai ne sei la regina ! Bacioni.

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  11. Chebuona!!!!
    copio tutto tutto tutto.
    gRazie
    ciao

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  12. amicheee...

    @emiiii...hihi..non ci credo!!
    sei bravissima..solo che hai poco tempo!
    oggi mi hanno regalato due cassette di cachi...indovina che ne farò?? eh eh


    @michela...buonissima davvero! non vedevo l'ora che arrivassero i primi agrumi..a me piacciono particolarmente!
    ah..se non trovi l'erba luigia..usa le foglia della melissa.
    il doppio di foglie e lascia marinare un'giorno in più(in frigo è perfetto.)


    bacioniii

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