Author: Seville Oranges

Seville orange and cardamom seed marmalade, by Jo Clark

Seville oranges give marmalade its distinct tangy flavour and thats what makes it unique. Of course you can make it with other types of oranges (and other citrus fruits) but whilst these beauties are in season make the most of them as they are not around for long. The joy of sourcing seasonal ingredients in my mind is as much fun as cooking with it. This year was no exception! The Seville oranges I have used this January were found from being a user on Instagram or more to the point they found me! Ave Maria Farm is a...

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Orange Marmalade Recipe Made Easy, by Simon and Lindsey

Marmalade – at its simplest just three ingredients- oranges, sugar, water. I have always been a fan of eating the citrusy tangy orange jam, like Paddington Bear, but never made it myself. As a food blogger I would like to think I know my way around a kitchen & a jam jar, having made jams and chutneys many times. So after recipe reading, lots of opinions, tips & techniques, a mistake or two along the way, here goes – my marmalade tales: my how to/how not to guide of what I did, learnt and made. Timing & sourcing –...

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A Visit to Ave Maria Organic Farm

I have wanted to visit the Ave Maria Farm for a long time. I have heard so many amazing things about their oranges. A quick google search will turn up endless recipes for marmalades, cakes and sweets using the special bitter oranges from Ave Maria Farm. The farm is in Mairena del Alcor, a small town about 35 minutes from the center of Seville by car, 10 minutes from the beautiful city of Carmona. From the year 1613 orange trees were found in Mairena, although the first planting in the Ave Maria Farm is memorialized on one of the...

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Ave Maria adds sweetness to the bitter Seville oranges

Kitchens up and down the UK are currently scented with orange, Sevilles to be precise, as they’re pared, boiled and sugared with the alchemy of heat and time to create marmalade, a very British obsession. Many of these Sevilles are bought in Waitrose supermarket, whose annual stock is sourced from a beautiful farm in southern Spain, only a few kilometres from the city of Seville. Drive 2o kilometres east of the city to Mairena del Alcor and then between the rather grand stone and iron gateway and you’ll find yourself in Ave Maria Farm. Led by Amadora Gahona, this...

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Citrus as a component of the Mediterranean diet

Authors: Amílcar Duarte, Jacinta Fernandes, João Bernardes, Graça Miguel Citrus are native to southeastern Asia, but are present in the Mediterranean basin for centuries. This group of species has reached great importance in some of the Mediterranean countries and, in the case of orange, mandarin and lemon trees, they found here soil and climatic conditions which allows them to achieve a high level of fruit quality, even better than in the regions where they came from. Citrus fruits are present in the diet of the peoples living on the Mediterranean basin, at least since the time of the Roman...

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