Sunday, 23 February 2014

The oranges of the Guadalquivir Valley

Have you ever heard of the bitter oranges of Seville? (No, not the wild oranges on the street but actual sweet, edible oranges.) Maybe you even tried some of their famous marmalade? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the latter then you are one of the lucky ones who tried (apparently) the world’s best oranges.

The Rio Guadalquivir is a great river that is born in the Sierra de Cazorla and runs through Andalucia’s many villages and towns, for example Seville. Its valley, which is one of the most productive areas of Spain, stretches from Seville to Córdoba and is full of orange trees producing the world famous fruit.

Why is it world famous? Apparently the Valley has a unique climate that is especially beneficial for oranges. Over 4000 hours of sunshine a year, the fertile soil and the people who live and work around the area make the fruit born here the best you can get with the best characteristics in aroma, colour, acidity, sweetness and many more.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Andalucia during spring make sure that you do the Seville-Córdoba car drive. The sight of all those orange trees in bloom and the smell of them will stay with you during the whole trip.   

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