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Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Kosereva is a sweet dessert from Paraguay prepared with apepu sour orange peels, sugar, and molasses. The preserved orange rings are a mixture of sweet and sour, and are typically served by themselves or with a side of soft cheese.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Latin American, Paraguayan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Kristina Todini
  • 10 apepú (sour oranges), ripe
  • cups caster sugar
  • 2 cups black molasses
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cup water
  1. Peel the sour oranges as thinly as possible. This should yield about 1½ lb (750g) of orange peels.

  2. Cut the oranges in half and remove all the pulp leaving the white part (pith). Set aside (not used for this recipe).
  3. Place the the orange peels in a pot and cover them with water.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes.
  5. Then, discard the water.
  6. Repeat this operation 4 times.
  7. Place the sour orange peels in a pot with the sugar, the black molasses, the cloves and the water.
  8. Mix well and cook on low heat until thickened (between 2 and 3 hours).
  9. Pour the mixture into one or more glass jars and store in the refrigerator.
  10. Kosereva can be eaten by itself or with Paraguayan cheese.
Recipe Notes

The sour orange pulp, which is not used in this recipe, can be used to make a delicious jam.