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Flower Water for Cooking

Q:  I've got a recipe that calls for orange hydrosol (flower water). Can I use Sweet Orange Essential Oil instead? 

A:   Orange Flower Water is different from Sweet Orange Essential Oil.  True Orange Hydrosol is really a by-product of the steam distillation of orange blossoms to create Orange Blossom Essential Oil, better know as Neroli. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is "expressed" (pressed) from the skins of oranges. They are quite different, both in aroma and application. What you need for cooking is the Orange Hydrosol derived from the production of Neroli. 

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