Fruit/ Citrus derivatives: Uses in the food industry
Citrus peel is a very much sought after product in the citrus industry. At Bordas we select peel from the best citrus fruits and process it to cut and create different formats: thin cut, thick cut, diced, quarters, granulated, strips, etc.
With a production line that encompasses both organic and conventional citrus peel, we are leaders in our sector in Spain.
- Bitter/Seville orange
- Sweet orange
- Sweet blood orange
What are the health benefits of citrus peel?
- The most important component of citrus peel is hesperidina, a bioflavonoid which helps metabolise liquids in your blood and reduce/eliminate fat. But peel also contains other bioflavonoids, like naringin (which makes products taste bitter), diosmin (which is beneficial to heart health) and neohesperidin (used as a sweetener).
Neohesperidin is a powerful sweetener, popular in the food industry for the great advantages it offers in comparison with other sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, etc. All these flavonoids are extracted from the citrus fruits using specialised processes carried out 100% in our own facilities.
- Peel contains pectin, a natural fibre which combats stomach problems and keeps your sugar levels stable.
- It has a high vitamin content, which protects your immune system, and is a good antiseptic.
- Lemon peel combats abdominal swelling by reducing intestinal gases.
- It is rich in essential oils that can be used for a wide range of purposes in the food, cosmetics and perfume sectors.
How can citrus peel be used in the food industry? Some possible uses are listed below:
- Infusions. More and more brands are now mixing pieces of fruit peel with the herbs in their teas to make them more aromatic and give them a taste that differentiates them from other products. Teabags with orange peel, lemon peel, etc. are also more attractive and look very natural.
- Citrus peel confits. Many companies in the baked confectionery sector are adding confitures to their cupcakes, sponge cakes and even traditional Christmas pastries to give them a unique new touch of flavour.
- Citrus chips. More and more companies are marketing this type of product as a healthy snack, or even (in the food service sector) to enhance salads and dish presentations.
- The rinds of lemons, sweet oranges, bitter/Seville oranges, limes and other frozen citrus fruits can be produced in different formats: squares, strips, zest, etc. These cuts are perfect for industries like food services and the baked confectionery sector. Since most frozen fruit conserves all its nutrients, flavour, colour and texture when it is handled and processed correctly, there are even companies that bulk export Spanish organic citrus peel.
- Sweets and candy. Many sweet manufacturers use peel to intensify fruit flavours. Fruit peel and strips are often visible thanks to the translucency of the sweets’ hard gelatin.
- Jams and marmalades. Some manufactures use citrus peel strips, chips, and zest to make their products.
Pulp is a part of the fruit that has been separated, either mechanically or manually, from the peel and seeds. In order to be classed as pulp, this part of the fruit must not have undergone any process of concentration, fermentation or dilution.
At Bordas we produce both organic and conventional pulp, combining puree and pieces of the fruit itself and/or its peel. To ensure maximum quality in this derivative, we extract the pulp from clean, fresh fruit at the ideal point of ripeness.
What are the health benefits of citrus pulp?
The mixture of citrus pulp and peel is very good for your health because it allows your organism to receive the specific benefits associated with each of those elements at the same time.
How can pulp be used in the food industry? Pulp is a very versatile fruit derivative
which can be used to prepare a wide range of fruit-based products:
- Jam and marmalade. A growing number of manufacturers want to make this type of product with less sugar and more fruit. The most important ingredient in jams and marmalades is now the fruit itself, because the priority is fruit content rather than sweetness. In fact, consumers have now come to prefer products with a fruity flavour that is more intense and less sugary.Our flagship pulp product is our bitter/Seville orange pulp.
- Ice cream. In the ice cream industry there is a growing tendency to make more natural products. Ice creams are now being manufactured from orange pulp, lemon pulp, etc., with the addition of just a little milk, and are therefore healthier. Freezing processes are now so efficient that the pulp loses hardly any of its nutrients.
- Smoothies. The increasing popularity of this type of fruit shakes has increased demand, and manufacturers are now using frozen pulp as the main ingredient.
- Frozen citrus pulp. This format is ideal for sectors like food services, baked confectionery, fruit-based products, etc. Bordas is a key supplier on the international market, manufacturing and bulk exporting organic and conventional citrus pulp.
- Toppings for salads. In the food service sector, citrus pulp is used as a topping for salads and some cold starters.
- Sweet pastries. In the baked confectionery sector, pulp is used to intensify citrus flavours in sponge cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, etc.
At Bordas we make citrus purees (orange, lemon, grapefruit purees, etc.) by mashing up the inner part of the fruit. Purees are very versatile. They can be made from different fruits, and the manufacturing process is open to innovations.
What are the health benefits of citrus purees?
This type of fruit derivative provides your organism with numerous minerals, vitamin C and antioxidants. It also contains fibre, which helps combat constipation problems.
How can purees be used in the food industry?
- Fruit purees for children. More and more brands are using fruit as the only ingredient in their fruit purees for children. Their secret is to prepare the purees as if they were homemade, 100% naturally with no need for preservatives or colour additives. The most popular children’s purees are orange puree and tangerine puree.
- Cocktails. In the world of cocktails, new ideas are being put forward for cocktails made with high quality fruit purees.
- Desserts. In the food service sector, citrus purees are being used in desserts to add a new, less sugary touch of flavour.
- Savoury dishes. In the food service sector, chefs are using organic citrus purees to create innovative dishes that stimulate their customers’ palates with a combination of different flavours.
Thanks to its high vitamin content, fruit juice is one of the drinks most recommended for body hydration. But it is important to differentiate concentrated fruit juices from 100% natural fruit juices.
At Bordas, we extract our natural fruit juices from the inner part of the fruit, while our concentrated juices are made after the juice has been extracted and concentrated by evaporation.
How can fruit juice be used in the food industry?
- Concentrated or 100% natural fruit juice slushes. In the food service sector, natural, healthy ingredients are being introduced for fruit juice slushes. Previously, slushes were made using syrup, a sugar-based liquid, and only a very small amount of fruit.
- As a replacement for soft drinks. More and more restaurants are offering their customers healthier alternatives like natural fruit juices as drinks to accompany breakfasts, lunches and dinners, instead of the usual soft drinks.
- Sweet pastries. In the food service and baked confectionery sectors, 100% natural or concentrated fruit juices are used in sponge cakes, tarts, cupcakes, biscuits, etc., to add a touch of new flavour.
- Ice lollies/popsicles. In the ice cream industry there is a growing tendency to make products more natural, and to make ice lollies/popsicles with 100% natural or concentrated fruit juices.
- Savoury dishes. In the food service sector, chefs are using 100% natural or concentrated fruit juices to create new meat and fish dishes with exquisite new characteristics.
At Bordas we have been making citrus fruit derivatives for many years. One of our star products is Bitter/Seville Oranges. Apart from the derivatives listed above, we also offer:
- Cells: the fibre obtained after the juice has been sieved and decanted.
- Comminute: a very aromatic puree obtained by crushing the whole fruit.
- Fresh fruit: our fruit is selected, packed and shipped all over the world.
- Dehydrated fruit: dried citrus fruits. Most of the moisture is made to evaporate by gradually applying intense heat. Dehydrated fruit is more resilient and can be conserved for much longer. Bacteria cannot reproduce in a dry environment. This is one of this product’s biggest advantages for our customers. When the dehydration process is implemented correctly, the fruit also conserves most of its nutritional properties. At industrial level, dried fruit has numerous uses.
- Slices: cross-cut slices of whole fruits.