enter the fragrant world of scented geraniums with my favourite, ‘orange fizz’ (the plant equivalent of a fruit tingle)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Home | 28 Comments

Do you remember fruit tingles? Are they even still around? I have the plant equivalent with my β€˜Orange Fizz’ scented geranium (Pelargonium citriodorum). This fizzy fragrance reflects the name…if only this post had scratch and sniff abilities. There are over 80 scented geranium or pelargonium varieties with every scent under the sun (literally). Peppermint, pine, rose, cinnamon, chocolate, apple, lemon and apricot to name a few. This is when nature really blows my mind. Mind you, it took centuries of hybridisation to produce this plethora of fragrance so it pays to appreciate it. With green curly, ancient looking leaves and pretty mauve flowers, all you need to do to enjoy the delicious aroma is to rub the leaves or brush past the plant. I often use scented geranium leaves to flavour sugar. Makes a great gift for family/ friends who have sugar in their tea :: Jem x

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G  R  O  W

Very low maintenance   |   Pots or garden beds   |   Add a couple of handfuls of compost when planting   |   Sunny to part shade   |  Grows to around 60cm high   |   Well drained soil   |   Does not require a lot of water   |   Prune in Summer   |   Remove dead or yellowed leaves (a sign of over watering)   |   No need for much fertiliser although sea weed fertiliser is good to use when flowering in Spring and Summer (I use Seasol)   

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U  S  E

Attracts beneficial insects to your garden   |   Citronella geranium is said to repel mosquitos although recent research suggests otherwise   |   Great border plants   |   Dry for potpourri   |  Keep a bunch in the kitchen to enjoy the fragrance   |   You can eat the organic flowers (try in salads) and use the leaves for culinary purposes   |   Try adding a handful of leaves to flavour a jar of sugar (let it sit for a few weeks then remove leaves-I have orange fizz scented sugar for baking)   |   Infuse leaves with milk, vinegar, syrups or stewed fruit   |  Use leaves to make herbal tea

28 Comments

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 26, 2015

    Ooh the fact that these are so flavoursome and that they’re not low maintenance but VERY low maintenance makes me think that I really must get some geraniums! πŸ˜€

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    • lostinutensils
      October 26, 2015

      VERY low maintenance is my kind of gardening Lorraine! Excellent flowers to grow if you’re starting out…lazy gardening at its best πŸ™‚

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  2. e / dig in hobart
    October 27, 2015

    I made some scented sugar once with lemon-scented geraniums wasn’t a real success. I stick to making vanilla sugar now. but these plants are fantastic in the garden, I agree!

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    • lostinutensils
      October 27, 2015

      Vanilla sugar is lovely and a favourite as well! Geraniums are definitely a garden essential.

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  3. Function 9
    October 27, 2015

    I didn’t know there were so many different scented geraniums. Cinnamon sounds good πŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      October 27, 2015

      It’s truly incredible how many scented geraniums are out there-blows my mind. The chocolate one is pretty amazing.

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  4. Sky
    October 27, 2015

    I have a dedicated bathtub for geraniums. Started from someone giving me a citronella geranium cutting. I just love the scent. I recently plant a coconut geranium, but now I am on the look out for some of the ones you mention. Wow 80 types πŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      October 27, 2015

      Coconut sounds divine, I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing the fragrance yet. It really is unbelievable how many scents are available. Probably makes them the coolest flower in many ways πŸ™‚

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  5. Gourmet Getaways
    October 29, 2015

    I have never heard of this plant!!
    I can’t imagine how delicious this plant is fruit fizz sound great.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • lostinutensils
      October 30, 2015

      No worries Julie. So many people are unaware of amazing scented geraniums-they are very cool!

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  6. emma
    October 31, 2015

    How lovely there are different flavours! (I remember fruit tingles :D)

    Also, am having trouble finding edible flowers to buy in Brisbane, any idea where I can find them? Food Connect had them a while back but no longer sadly.

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    • lostinutensils
      October 31, 2015

      Firstly-so glad you do Food Connect Emma! One place that always seems to have them is the James Street Market. That might be your most consistent bet πŸ™‚ And, of course, I have to say…grow your own! πŸ˜‰

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      • emma
        October 31, 2015

        Thanks Jem! πŸ™‚ Will check out James St although I have been thinking seriously about growing some in pots.

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        • lostinutensils
          November 1, 2015

          Do it Emma! my favourite edible flowers are nasturtiums (see my past post) but geraniums and pansies are great in pots…look pretty and taste good (and attract bee friends!).

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  7. Devon
    November 2, 2015

    Wow, I didn’t no idea geraniums have different scents. I’m used to the classic red. That is a new discovery for sure. http://www.whatdevondiscovered.com

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    • lostinutensils
      November 3, 2015

      It is always a great discovery Devon…so many wonderful plants!

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  8. Helen Cooper
    November 11, 2015

    I bought an “Orange Fizz”, today after I made kombucha, flavouring it with rose geranium leaves, it made is smell like Turkish Delight. Hoping my “Orange Fizz” grows quickly so I can try out this flavour.

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    • lostinutensils
      November 12, 2015

      What an awesome idea Helen! Orange Fizz would be perfect for it πŸ™‚

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  9. sherry from sherrys pickings
    November 13, 2015

    now that is bizarre. i would have sworn blind i had commented here already! yep you can still buy fruit tingles. i have some in the car right now:) i didn’t know there were so many scented geraniums. almost a cosmic joke:+) I mean who needs so many different ones? just kidding. a marvellous thing for sure.

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    • lostinutensils
      November 13, 2015

      Hey Sherry πŸ™‚ That’s so cool fruit tingles are still around. Thank god for some remnants of my childhood. And as for the flowers…so many geranium fragrances, so little time!

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  10. Nicole - Champagne and Chips
    November 25, 2015

    So here’s a crazy fact… geranium scent in wine is considered a fault.Last week I was at Bunnings and was madly smelling the geraniums trying to learn the smell so I could notice it in wine. Hardly any of them had a smell.
    I might try and get my green-thumbed neighbour to grow me some πŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      November 25, 2015

      I didn’t know that Nicole! I would certainly agree with that if my wine started smelling like orange fizz or coconut…there’s a time and place πŸ™‚

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  11. Jan (agluttonouswife)
    November 29, 2015

    Yes fruit tingles are still around – my nan always has them in her handbag for all the grandkids and herself of course!! I have red geraniums but I can’t stand the smell!! This orange one sounds lovely though!
    Jan x

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    • lostinutensils
      November 29, 2015

      I’ve gotta say I’m really just a fan of scented geraniums, they serve a few more purposes for me. So cool fruit tingles are still around…all is not lost LOL.

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  12. Nagi@RecipeTinEats
    December 18, 2015

    Isn’t nature something? I should get myself some of these!

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    • lostinutensils
      December 19, 2015

      It is Nagi. Always blows my mind although these babies had a bit of a horticultural hand from man!

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  13. Sam Rutherford
    April 9, 2016

    I have never heard of this plant! I didn’t know there were so many different kinds available. I better get to it haha.

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    • lostinutensils
      April 9, 2016

      LOL there is still time Sam! They are truly fascinating πŸ™‚

      Reply

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