What’s in Season: December – Orange

The orange is a great source of Vitamin C and also a great source of fiber which helps to reduce high cholesterol levels helping to prevent atherosclerosis. It also helps you in the prevention of kidney stones and to keep your blood sugar levels in control. It also does help to keep cardiovascular disease at bay. The peel too can be very useful. It can be used to make marmalade, sweets, and to add zest in a mocktail or even dessert for that matter.

The most common citrus varieties grown in the Maltese Islands are the ordinary round orange, the large oval orange, the Malta egg orange, the Malta egg-blood orange, the Bahia or navel orange, and the vanilla orange which is a sweet type of orange. They can be kept in room temperature for around a week, but last twice as much if kept in a refrigerator.



– 3 oranges
– orange zest
– 3 tablespoons of cornflour (20g)
– 100g sugar
– 3 eggs


Time: 20mins
4 portions

  • In a saucepan, mix the cornflour with egg yolks, orange juice and zest and 75g of sugar.
  • Heat while stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat after a few seconds of boiling.
  • Let cool slowly, stirring occasionally to prevent skin formation.
  • Beat the egg whites firmly with the rest of the sugar: stir in the orange mixture without breaking them.
  • Pour into a cup and put several hours in the refrigerator.
  • Serve very fresh, alone or with a dark chocolate dessert.

Recipe by Angele, part of the Friends of the Earth Malta team. 

Every month we feature a fruit or vegetable that is in season, along with a fun fact or recipe idea. We are currently working on a project, ACT4CAP, highlighting the importance of citizen involvement in agricultural policy to ensure healthy food and protection of our agricultural land. This project is a continuation of our previous work that was done through the Citizen’s CAP project and Agrokatina.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This article reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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