Author: Seville Oranges

CANNING 101: TIPS FOR MAKING GOOD MARMALADE

By Marisa McClellan. When I first started this blog, I was something of a marmalade novice. I dove into my firstcouple batches blindly and without doing much research. As a result, those initially attempts were pretty lousy – chewy, seriously lacking in any kind of unifying jelly and unnecessarily bitter. Not knowing any better, I wrote them up here and led a few dozen of you into marmalade disappointment. Since then, four years have passed and I have at least three dozen batches of marmalade under my belt (boggles the mind a little, doesn’t it?). Since we’re still in...

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SECRETS FROM THE PANTRY: 10 WAYS WITH MARMALADE

Marmalade is a staple on many British breakfast tables, do you know that? By Helen Best-Shaw In this new series, food writer and blogger Helen Best-Shaw takes a fresh look at a staple or neglected store cupboard ingredient and suggests new ways to use it. This month, we look at Paddington Bear’s favourite sandwich filling: marmalade. Marmalade is a staple on many British breakfast tables, and is something that I sometimes miss when travelling. In Britain, marmalade almost exclusively is used to describe a citrus jam, usually made with bitter Seville oranges. I am sure that the children’s nursery rhyme was...

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Andalusian Days (V): Rustic Mystique and Country Cooking Around Seville

This is the wonderful post made by Aube Rey Lescure after visiting Ave Maria Farm in June 1st, 2016. Thanks so much for your lovely words! The orange orchards at the Ave Maria Farm, sprawling around a hill where a majestic red-tiled villa stands, form a rural utopia of perfumed air and rich dark soil. Out by the patio, a placid turquoise pool and tables under the shade of centenarian trees. Pitchers of fresh squeezed orange juice clinkering with ice, large wooden bowls piled high with mandarines, clementines, navel oranges, pomelos, and Ave Maria Farm’s specialty — bitter oranges, also christened...

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History of bitter orange

What is a bitter orange ? Bitter orange or Seville orange refers to a citrus tree (Citrus × aurantium) and its fruit. It is a hybrid between Citrus maxima (pomelo) and Citrus reticulata (mandarin). Many varieties of bitter orange are used for their essential oil, and are found in perfume, used as a flavoring or as a solvent. The Seville orange variety is used in the production of marmalade. Bitter orange is also employed in herbal medicine as a stimulant and appetite suppressant, due to its active ingredient, synephrine. Bitter orange supplements have been linked to a number of serious...

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