Seville Orange Marmalade – It’s That Time of Year Again

seville orange marmalade
Seville Orange Marmalade – It’s January and once again Seville Oranges can be found here in the UK.  Seville oranges are the best to use when making marmalade, because they are intensely sharp and bitter.
 However they are only usually available in London during the months of January and February.  


seville orange trees

Originally from SE Asia, Seville oranges (Citrus x aurantium) are thought to have been brought to Europe by the Persians.  Grown in the Andalusia region of southern Spain,  the trees adorn many streets in the towns. However, the trees are not grown for their fruit  but instead to give shade during the intense heat of the summer months and the heady aroma of the blossom (azahar) in spring.  The fruit itself is  mainly for the export market.


Seville oranges as well as being the ideal fruit for marmalade  also form the base of liqueurs such a Cointreau and Grand Marnier.  The highly scented  blossom is used for aromatherapy and perfumes and the leaves for medicinal purposes.  


orange blossom


chegworth valley stall at Borough MarketEvery year I buy my Seville oranges from the Chegworth Valley stall in Borough Market . Although some supermarkets now stock the fruit,  this stall is still one the cheapest places to buy them.  They are  a family run business operating from their farm in Kent.





seville orangesWhen buying Seville orangesthe rougher the skins the better.  Seville oranges are organic and unwaxed and therefore have  a limited life span. The fruit loses its  moisture content very quickly and  becomes  dry and unusable. If you don’t want to use the oranges straight away you can freeze them.


The fruit that we buy at our local supermarket it has been coated with wax to extend the shelf-life. When I did my level 2  Horticultural course at Greenwich Skills Centre (Hadlow College) we visited an orchard in Kent.  Bramley Apples were kept in a cold storeroom for up to 9 months  before being shipped to the supermarkets. 



Calavados and CointreauI bought 3 kilos of Seville Oranges and made a total 16 jars of marmalade.  Half of them  were flavoured with Cointreau  and the others with Calvados. I also made two jars of orange and lime curd.

There are many recipes  for making Seville Seville Orange Marmaladeorange marmalade but I find Delia Smiths recipe very easy to follow. If you want to add a liqueur or spirit to the marmalade do so at the end of the process. 

You can view Delia’s  recipe here:  Delia’s Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade or watch her online video here ……


Seville Orange Marmalade

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