Orange – probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Valencia. The use of oranges is infinite and they are an essential part of many Spanish desserts and drinks – orange juice, Agua de Valencia, orange liquor, orange tea, orange biscuits, orange cakes and the list could go on. Let’s talk about some interesting facts about Valencia oranges that you probably didn’t know.
Among all the types of oranges, Valencia oranges are sweet, tangy and full of juice. They usually contain between 1 to 6 seeds and are perfect for juicing. Their color is very bright and attractive. Most of the oranges in Valencia are harvested between February and May.
In the 17th century oranges were a sign of prosperity in Valencia. Famous painters and writers, such as Joaquín Sorolla or Blasco Ibañez, reflected oranges in their masterpieces. Nowadays, the Valencia oranges can be found all over the world, not only in Valencia. Actually, they are named for the variety of orange not the location where they were cultivated.
Did you know that Spain is the third country with the biggest production of oranges? The first is Brazil which makes about a third of the worldwide orange production and the second are The United States. From the global Spanish production, 50 % of oranges are exported, 30 % are consumed fresh in Spain and 20 % go to processing.
Maybe you’ve wondered if you can eat the sidewalk oranges that grow everywhere in the city of Valencia. Well, the answer is yes, but you probably don’t want to. They are really sour and bitter.
If you are in Valencia, you should definitely go on Ruta de la naranja en Carcaixent (Orange route in the town of Carcaixent). Carcaixent is considered to be the cradle of Valencia oranges as the very first orange field was planted there. It’s recommended to do the route between November and May in order to experience the trees full of oranges. During the route you will visit Almacén de Ribera (Ribera warehouse) also named The Cathedral of Oranges, La Estación Experimental Agraria (the research institute of oranges) and also couple of orange fields. If you would like to know more about the route or book a place, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you fancy eating some juicy oranges after reading this article? Check this page for loads of delicious orange recipes and practise your Spanish while cooking.
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