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Seville oranges? Now?

voracious Dec 1, 2006 03:38 PM

Any sightings of Seville oranges in Toronto yet? I had a notion to make marmalade for Christmas but I'm told they don't usually arrive until mid-January. Does anyone know different?

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    Mila RE: voracious Dec 1, 2006 04:21 PM

    I'm pretty sure I bought them at St. Lawrence last year about mid January. Wait for them, they make the most amazing marmalade.

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      Wiley RE: Mila Dec 5, 2006 09:50 AM

      I've done the marmalade thing since reading about it 20 years ago. It's so much better than the stuff on the store shelves it's unbelievable!

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        cocolou RE: Wiley Feb 7, 2007 08:24 AM

        Would you share your recipe? Thanks !

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          cocolou RE: cocolou Feb 10, 2007 06:30 AM

          I'd like to add that you can find them at Dominion's and Loblaws. You might want to select those that are red and not "spongy" (tough skinned).

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      voracious RE: voracious Dec 2, 2006 04:44 AM

      Thanks - guess I will have to wait.

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        h2o RE: voracious Dec 2, 2006 03:57 PM

        Whole Foods has meyer lemons right now. They make amazing marmalade.

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          chefworm RE: voracious Dec 5, 2006 07:11 PM

          i've also seen mayer lemons at loblaws and dominion, but no sevilles yet, but great things do come to those who wait, i'd be concerned about quality if they came very early

          1. Kagemusha RE: voracious Dec 6, 2006 11:56 AM

            You're early. Start looking toward the end of this month. The big US crop from around Yuma, AZ shows up around then and runs for a couple of weeks. It's a short window, so keep a look out and buy all you need when you see 'em.The US oranges are vastly superior to the Spanish product that once was all that was available.Also, grab now what's left of canning jars at, say, Crappy Tire or smaller Home Hardware stores, even Loblaws. They're tough to find in winter if you don't have any.

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              mtl to tor RE: voracious Feb 2, 2007 05:05 PM

              I just got some really nice ones from the Dominion on College. I wasn't really paying attention and thought they were sweet oranges, until I got home and tried to eat one whole. Now I've been using them in everything for the past week.

              1. foodyDudey RE: voracious Feb 2, 2007 06:42 PM

                Sun Valley on Danforth (and the IGA close to it) have had them for at least 3 weeks. I've been using the juice to squeeze onto oysters, instead of lemon juice. I've also used it in salad dressing.

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                  Kagemusha RE: foodyDudey Feb 3, 2007 03:04 PM

                  Good news! They seem to be late but at least did arrive. Mother-in-law, a hardcore Brit marmalade maker, said they were nice this year but pricey, thanks to the citrus price spike.

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                  Mila RE: voracious Feb 5, 2007 05:36 AM

                  Saw them at St. Lawrence Market this weekend. $2.50 a pound, I think ???

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                    foodyDudey RE: Mila Feb 5, 2007 08:07 AM

                    They are $1.69 /lb at Sun Valley

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                      Kagemusha RE: foodyDudey Feb 6, 2007 04:28 AM

                      $1.99/lb at Longo's. A dozen is about $10, enough for a fairly large batch.

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                    voracious RE: voracious Feb 6, 2007 05:41 AM

                    Thanks for all the information/sightings. I plan to make the orange marmalade tomorrow. Made Meyer lemon marmalade the other day as per h2o's suggestion - not bad, though a bit runny. Actually I'm not completely sure they were Meyer lemons - they were labelled "sweet" lemons. I used a recipe from Epicurious. And good advice Kagemusha about the canning jars. You're right, they're not generally available! I finally found some at Can Tire on Eglinton at Warden. Phew.

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                      cocolou RE: voracious Feb 7, 2007 09:19 AM

                      Hard to find nice ones. First, they should not be soft but tough to the touch, and heavy.
                      Buy a few and taste them. If good, go back fast and buy more !

                      1. AmandaEd RE: voracious Feb 10, 2007 07:46 AM

                        Saw gorgeous ones at ARZ on Lawrence W. last weekend.

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                          foodyDudey RE: AmandaEd Feb 10, 2007 08:09 AM

                          Did you pick them up? I was there on Tuesday, they felt quite light - same as the ones at the stores I mentioned previously.

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                            AmandaEd RE: foodyDudey Feb 12, 2007 09:47 AM

                            I didn't, but my m-i-l did and she was satisfied enough with them to buy 2 lbs worth for marmalade.

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