Updated: Aug 7, 2019
* known as portokali glycko in Greek.
I love this sweet. Not only for its taste but also because when I have it, I recall my Cypriot grandmother whom I adored. Whenever she found oranges or grapefruits with thick peels, she would get excited and make these beautiful treats. What I love about them is the bitter-sweet taste. They are so surprising. Its not everyone's favorite but for me, they really invoke the flavors of the Mediterranean. These peels are often served in a teaspoon next to a cup of bitter Greek coffee.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Cut the rind of an orange into 8.
Place the peels into a saucepan with water and bring to the boil.
Boil the peels for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse and place back in the saucepan with new water.
Boil for another 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, throw the water out, and rinse the peels.
Then mix 1 cup water with 1 and 1/2 cups sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the orange rind and boil for another 5 minutes.
Then add the juice of 1 lemon and remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Store in a sterilized glass jar in the refrigerator.