What is so special about a Seville Orange?
Put simply they are synonymous with British Orange Marmalade, being higher in pectin than the sweet orange, and therefore giving a better set and a higher yield. It was Seville oranges that inspired the creation of the famous liqueurs Cointreau and Grand Marnier. Sweet oranges just can't match the unique flavour of Sevilles in both sweet and savoury dishes being a little too insipid and lacking depth of flavour. In Spain, Seville orange juice is used in fish dishes and also in orange marzipan.
At British Frozen Fruits we purchase them organic and unwaxed and directly from Seville in Spain during their peak season. They are quickly frozen and packed ready for you to enjoy whenever you please - no matter the season.
What’s the difference between a Seville and an everyday orange?
Known as a bitter orange, they are a large orange with an almost baggy skin. They are aromatic and have a distinctive bitter and sour taste. Unlike your everyday Orange which is sweeter, you also cannot eat a Seville Orange raw.
What are the benefits of freezing Seville Oranges?
The season is so short from mid/end of December to mid February, blink and you could miss it! This is why we buy and freeze so quickly so they are available to enjoy all year.
Can you use frozen Seville Oranges to make marmalade?
Put simply, yes, recipes suggest you cook them straight from frozen as they freeze really well and can then be used whenever you fancy making some marmalade.
What else can you use them for?
They can also be used to make a mouthwatering Seville Orange Gin and are wonderful to cook with. If using for cakes and bakes and the recipe calls for pureed oranges, thawed ones work just as well as fresh ones. You could try a Sticky Orange Polenta Cake or if you fancy something savoury Aromatic Seville Orange Rice