Seville is known for its bitter oranges and they are in season

If there is a fruit for which Seville is known, it is bitter oranges. Bitter oranges have a long tradition and many unique qualities and can be found all over the city. For Agua de Azahar Luca de Tena it is very important that we recognise the value of this wonderful product that comes from Seville’s orange trees — trees which also give us the orange blossom.

As we indicated in the title of this post, November marks the beginning of Seville’s bitter orange season. As a result, we think it’s a great opportunity to tell you everything we know about them. Be sure to follow this blog!

Where do they come from?

Although we think of orange trees when we think of Seville, they originated outside the city. Orange trees come from China, however, we know that the Romans brought them to the Iberian Peninsula and that during the time of Al-Andalus, the Moors spread them across their territory, and above all throughout what is now Andalusia.

Here in the city of Seville the Patio de los Naranjos is a very important historical and cultural site that now belongs to the Seville Cathedral, however, it used to belong to the mosque that was built at the same location.

Currently, Seville has more orange trees lining its streets than any other city in the world giving it that very characteristic scent that has us all enamoured.

What do we use them for?

The bitter orange of Seville is a fruit that can’t be eaten directly from the tree. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for other things.

One of the most common and well-known uses is for making British-style jam, as well as alcoholic beverages. They are also used in many recipes in which they are prepared in the appropriate manner.

Undoubtedly, what we use most from these orange trees is their flower, the orange blossom. An aroma that has become a symbol of the city and, since time immemorial, has been used to make perfumes, oils and, of course, orange blossom water..

The bitter orange, a marvellous product that all Sevillians can boast about, is just coming into season. We at Agua de Azahar Luca de Tena hope that you enjoyed discovering a little more about them.

Would you like to try our orange blossom water? It gives your recipes a unique flavour and you can purchase it at our online. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Orange Salad with Raisins and Aroma of Orange Blossom Water

Orange salad with raisins and aroma of orange blossom water is a perfect recipe for summer. It’s fresh, delicious and has a wonderful smell that will remind you of springtime in Seville.

The citrus fruit give it its freshness but it’s not acidic because we add a touch of honey to ensure it’s completely balanced. It will give your table a burst of colour and will look quite beautiful.

 Ingredients:

  • Large oranges
  • Carrots
  • Raisins
  • Endives
  • Sesame seed
  • Pine nuts
  • Lemon juice
  • Orange juice
  • Honey
  • Luca de Tena Orange Blossom Water
  • Cinnamon
  • EVOO

Preparation:

For the dressing (using a shot glass as measurement for the juices and 2 soup spoons for the rest)

  • Combine the lemon juice, orange juice, honey, orange blossom water, a pinch of cinnamon and the EVOO. Shake like a cocktail shaker until everything is emulsified.

For the salad

  • Peel the oranges making sure to remove all the pith. Slice them thinly and then cut them into bite-size pieces.
  • Cut the carrots into very thin strips and set aside.
  • Set the raisins aside with the carrots.
  • Separate the endive leaves.
  • Lightly toast the pine nuts.

Assemble the salad.

  • Cover the bottom of a large dish with the endive leaves.
  • Top with the orange pieces followed by the carrots and raisins.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and dress.
  • Now enjoy!

This salad is the perfect choice for summer, either to bring to the pool or the beach. You will surprise your family and guests at your summer meals. You can buy top-quality orange blossom water from our online store.

What are you waiting for? Refresh yourself with the best flavour!

SPANISH-STYLE FRENCH TOAST WITH ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER AND HONEY

Ingredients:

  • Bread for French toast
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Luca de Tena Orange Blossom Water

Soak the bread in the milk without letting it become too soft.

Next, dip it in the egg.

In a pan, add plenty of oil and an orange rind.

When hot, remove the rind and fry the bread. When golden, remove the toast and place them in a dish with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Meanwhile, dilute the honey with a bit of water and a tablespoon of orange blossom water so that it is not too thick. Drizzle on top of the Spanish-style French toast.

 

All Saints Day Sweets with Orange Blossom Water

1 November, All Saints Day, a holiday when many families come together to enjoy delicious treats, is approaching. To give your All Saints Day sweets a special aroma, add orange blossom water to the recipe. It will give them a slightly different twist that will evoke spring.

Would you like to discover some of the most famous All Saints Day sweets? Pay attention to this post!

1.  Huesos de Santo with Orange Blossom Flavoured Cream

This is one of the most traditional sweets that are sold in patisseries this time of year. It is a marzipan sweet filled with cream, which we give a special twist by adding orange blossom water.

If you like to cook, we also have the recipe.

You can refer to it in our recipe section, or by clicking here.

2. Orange Blossom Water Cream Puffs

Everyone likes cream puffs. And if they don’t, it’s because they haven’t tried them. They are very traditional sweets that you can find all over Spain.

They are very easy to make. They only require a few ingredients: butter, eggs, flour, olive oil, water and sugar. However, in this case, to make our own personal version, we substitute a portion of the water with orange blossom water, which gives the classic cream puffs a more unique aroma.

3. Pan de Muerto

This is a sweet bread that is usually only cooked at this time of year to commemorate this holiday. It is very typical of Mexico, although this recipe has also crossed the ocean and is cooked in Spain. We’ve created our own version of this delicious sweet with orange blossom water. You can refer to it in our recipe section.

4. Pine Nut and Orange Blossom Water Panellets

Panellets, also called ”All Saints Day sweets”, are very common in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. However, wherever you are from, we encourage you to try them.

These sweets are made with an almond, sugar and egg dough and covered in pine nuts. During the cooking process we substitute a portion of the water with Luca de Tena Orange Blossom Water to give it our special touch.

Celebrating this holiday with your loved ones and sharing delicious sweets like these is even better if we give them a unique aroma with our orange blossom water. Have you tried any of our recipes? We’re certain you’ll enjoy them!