Day 8 Seville oranges

Posted by on 8 January 2013 | 0 Comments

The locals of Seville are amazed that the British actually want to use their bitter oranges to make marmalade, that they reckon the pith is secretly used to make gunpowder. If you have ever made the mistake of biting into one of the oranges from Seville´s tens of thousands of trees when visiting, you will understand why as they are definitely not for eating. In any case, Seville orange marmalade is considered the finest type in Britain and beyond, even if the locals don´t appreciate it.

 

The oranges appear in December and January, and are followed by the sweet-scented white blossom (its essence, neroli, used in perfumes such as Agua de Sevilla, has anti-depressant properties) in March and April, filling Seville with an improbably fragrant and incredibly romantic spring atmosphere. Oil extracted from the peel is used as flavouring in the liqueurs Triple sec, Grand Marnier and Curaçao, and also as a commercial flavouring in sweets, ice cream, chewing gum, soft drinks, and pharmaceutical products