Orange Buttermilk Sherbet (Sunkist Valencia Oranges)

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Isn’t it funny how certain foods remind you of a particular time of year? Previously, when I thought of oranges, I was always reminded of Christmas.  We always had oranges on hand around the holidays because many orange varieties (like naval oranges) are in season during the winter.

It turns out, though, that not all oranges are in season during the winter… Valencia oranges are actually in season during the summer! That’s good news for me because I do love citrusy flavors in the summer…. Especially oranges!

Picking Out the Perfect Oranges…

Have you ever seen oranges at the grocery store in the summer that look a bit green? It turns out that Valencia oranges re-green in warm weather.  As the oranges ripen on the tree, the orange skin reabsorbs chlorophyll and can have a green appearance.  As it turns out, the orange may look green on the outside, but the inside is still perfectly ripe and delicious. You can learn more about re-greening from this Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video.


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Summer Oranges…

One of my all-time favorite treats in the summer has always been orange sherbet. I ate quite a bit of the bright orange colored stuff when I was a kid.  As I thought about creating a recipe with some Valencia oranges, I knew that I wanted to make some homemade orange sherbet… Orange sherbet without the food coloring that is cool, refreshing, and actually tastes like real oranges!

I was immediately reminded of a simple recipe for lemon sherbet from my friend Michelle’s cookbook – The Whole Family Cookbook.  I just loved the way her recipe used buttermilk in the sherbet to add a nice tangy flavor. So, I decided to take that idea and run with it.  I changed the recipe up a bit to make my own orange buttermilk sherbet.  It was everything I had hoped it would be – creamy, refreshing, and perfect for the summer!

Looking for more great ways to use Valencia oranges this summer? Don’t miss these additional Sunkist citrus recipes!

Orange Buttermilk Sherbet

(Makes about 1 1/2 quarts, adapted from The Whole Family Cookbook)

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice(from approximately 2-3 Valencia oranges)
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 quart lowfat buttermilk, chilled
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the orange juice, zest, buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously, dissolving as much of the sugar as you can. I’d recommend adding just 1/3 cup of the sugar, and then adding additional sugar to taste. The oranges are sweet, so you won’t need a lot of sugar!

Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.  The sherbet will be soft right out of the ice cream maker, so it can be transferred to an airtight container and frozen in the freezer for an additional hour or two until it is hard enough to scoop.

I think the sherbet is best eaten a few hours after it is made (it is super creamy this way!). If it gets a bit icy and too hard to scoop in the freezer, it can be left on the countertop for a few minutes to soften.

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18 Responses to Orange Buttermilk Sherbet (Sunkist Valencia Oranges)

  1. I love all things orange and orange sherbet! This sounds so wonderful for the hot days we are having.

  2. Oh I love the idea of making Michelle’s recipe with oranges, oranges and buttermilk sound perfect together.

  3. bakingbarb says:

    I am appreciating how cooling that sherbet looks.

  4. Oranges are one of my favorite fruits! Will have to make this soon, thanks for sharing!

  5. I had no idea about green oranges! That is so cool thanks for sharing. Your sherbet looks so yummy. We love sherbet in our house – we can’t get enough :D

  6. Eliana says:

    This looks so perfect for the season! And love how easy it is to make.

  7. Tracey says:

    You just reminded me how much I loved the orange sherbet I made this winter. I’m definitely ready for another batch, will have to try this one!

  8. Winnie says:

    I love this idea!!! Thanks for the yummy recipe :)

  9. Joy says:

    I would never think of using buttermilk. That looks great.

  10. Tracy says:

    I am so jealous of your oranges, hehe! What a fabulous way to use them; I love sherbet!!

  11. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Delicious! I have never made homemade sherbert but it looks pretty amazing :)

  12. I looooved orange sherbet when I was a kid. This version looks much fancier than the grocery store variety, but definitely worth the time :)

  13. I made the lemon version of this sorbet a while ago, and I bet you fresh orange juice would just knock it out of the park.

  14. This sounds like it would be right up my alley – kinda like a creamsicle, kinda like sherbet (or sherBERT, as my family insisted on calling it).

  15. Peggy says:

    I loved sherbert as a kid. It’s been so long since I’ve had it, that I think I really need to remedy that quickly! This sounds absolutely delicious =)

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  17. What a gorgeous looking sorbet – I love the idea of buttermilk and oranges !

  18. This looks like the perfect way to chill out this summer! Lovely photos!

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