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There's Orangey!

I had a telephone call from my husband this evening telling me that he had found Seville Oranges on sale.

"Ooh, yes!" I cried. "Buy lots!"

This weekend you will find me in the kitchen making marmalade, and just in the nick of time too - we are down to our final jar of last year's marmalade.

Seville Oranges, from Andalucia in Spain, are bitter oranges and quite unpalatable in their 'raw' state. However, these bitter balls of orange are high in pectin;which makes them absolutely perfect for making marmalade. They hit the UK shops towards the back end of January every year and I always make sure to snaffle some up.

Not only do I make marmalade. I 'disect' some of the fruits. I pare the zest and dry it to add to stews or stir fries, I freeze the juice to add to marinades and sauces, and finally I make pectin from the pith and pips and freeze it to help with jam making later in the year.

This weekend will be bright; this weekend will be orange!

(With a nod of thanks to Jaffa Cakes; my title comes from one of their adverts)

Image Credit » Ambermol

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WorDazza wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:38 PM

Maybe you should also credit a certain mobile phone operator for your final sentence emoticon :winking:

Ambermol wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:43 PM

EE by gum! ;)
My sentence is finite, a moment in time.
And just watch out, you might get Tango'ed!

Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:07 PM

Your last quote seems to be a variation on the Orange mobile adverts. prior to reading this post I would have had no idea what was specific about Seville oranges, although now I will be tempted to buy a few myself. A really tangy orange is likely to suit my palate well.

Quinbe wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:11 PM

I love marmalade - its my special treat on some nutty bread on a sunday morning

Ambermol wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:28 PM

Yes, I believe they are now owned by EE (as in EE by gum!) emoticon :smile: They are quite bitter.

kat123456 wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:36 PM

Oh this sounds lovely I do like marmalade and I should imagine home made tastes even better

Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:52 PM

Yes the company was taken over by EE because my account was transferred accordingly.

Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:54 PM

While we are playing around with orangement of words, maybe they would taste fine to an Orange u Tan.

Oceanblue wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:57 PM

It certainly sounds like an orange weekend. Have fun in the kitchen and of course enjoy the eating.

melon1234 wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:04 PM

I can never decide if I like marmalade or not, it has a very different and unique taste!

valmnz wrote on January 31, 2015, 2:07 PM

I love marmalade, but here in New Zealand I've always had more of the grapefruit kind.