10 Things to Know about Seville Oranges

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Seville is famous for oranges and orange trees. While walking around Seville, it is common to see Seville orange trees in the streets. It is also considered a free tourist attraction along the streets of Seville. Visitors often stop by to take photos. You can make a lot of recipes using bitter oranges.

1. Origin

Oranges are known to have originated in Asia, particularly in Vietnam and South China. During the 10th century, trades were consistent among countries that lead Africa and Mediterranean to be one of the recipients. The Seville orange is the only kind of orange in Europe for more than 500 years.

2. Introduction to Spain

It was during the 12th century when Spain began its cultivation of oranges in Seville. It is one of the first citrus fruits in Europe then, introduced it to the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Central America. When sweet oranges reached America, bitter oranges became rootstock instead of being edible to eat.

3. Uses

The bitter orange is primarily used in Chinese tradition as a treatment for indigestion and constipation. Also, it alleviates nausea and was proven to be effective during earlier times. The crushed fruit can also be an alternative soap. Applying its oil extract is also good for the skin. Some weight loss products contain bitter orange extracts.

4. How many

Presently, there are tens of thousands of bitter oranges all over Seville. If you can notice, some of its trees are just found along the streets in town. Some Seville oranges even just fall on the streets. There are really lots of it in Seville that add beauty to the already magnificent place.

5. Season

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Seville oranges are in season from the end of December to mid-February only. It is on a short winter season yet, Seville oranges are popular during the time of the year. If you are traveling during this season, take advantage of the opportunity to taste the authentic Seville oranges. Stock them up as they do not get destroyed immediately.

6. Description

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Seville oranges do not have any distinct features among other ordinary sweet oranges. The rough and thick colored orange peel are similar to any other oranges. Seville oranges are usually sour or bitter. The peel contains aromatic essential oils, and the flesh is evidently juicy just perfect for making bitter orange marmalade.

7. Marmalade

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Making Seville orange marmalade is quite easy. There are many ways on how to prepare it, depending on your preference. The traditional Seville marmalade is always a best seller, especially during winter season. Over the years, it has gained popularity and demand have been high throughout the year. Sellers are always on the lookout for the Seville oranges, the main ingredient for the delectable marmalade.

8. Farm

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If you are not contented with the Seville orange trees found along the streets, you may visit an orange farm through a guided tour. Contact a local travel guide to arrange your tour to the visit. There are not so many orange farms in Seville. Most of it are located in Cordoba. Also, consider the season when you are visiting. The best time would be just before winter.

9. Where to buy

When you visit an orange farm in Seville, they would definitely be selling the bitter oranges there. However, if they are still not harvested, you won’t get a chance to buy some. There are online stores selling Seville oranges but, make sure that they are really Seville oranges. You may have them delivered it for you.

10. Recipes

Try the chicken traybake with bitter orange. This is best served for lunch with your loved ones. For dessert, Seville orange cheesecake sounds interesting. For dinner, order roast duck with Seville orange glaze. Seville orange cake tastes great, too. There are many more recipes that utilize Seville oranges. Use your baking and cooking skills effectively.

Have a good trip and travel!