Originally Posted by flyangler18
Despite their greenish-grey cardboard looking appearance, the bitter orange peel from the LHBS is a critical ingredient in a world-class, traditional Witbier. I love
To clarify a few points:
(1) the bitter orange does not provide orange flavor or aroma. It is there to bitter, as Witbiers have very little by way of hops.
(2) The citrus notes in a Wit come from the coriander
(3) The herbal notes come from the peel.
Invariably, recipes that use fresh zest in lieu of the bitter peel call for an addition of chamomile to replace the missing herbal notes.
How's that for a mind-bender?
I should probably clarify that I have never tried using dried orange peel from my LHBS, since I've only made one wit. I love drinking wits, though... :-)
About your second point, I felt like I understood wit better when I tasted the difference between supermarket coriander and coriander from India. The one from India (with an oblong shape) seemed to have a lot more citrus character and a more complex flavor than the one I had from my local supermarket.