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Seville Oranges or Bigarade Oranges

Isanewsful Jan 13, 2011 04:08 PM

Where could I find in LA Seville Oranges or Bigarade to do my wonderful Marmalade recipe?

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    noahbites Jan 24, 2011 03:21 PM

    I wound up getting mine online from Ripe To You. If had been a little more on top of it, I would have talked to an orange farmer who grows Seville oranges, and asked them to bring them the following week.

    But they were very good, and I wound up using quite a few of them to cook, and was very pleased with the results.

    1. rworange Jan 24, 2011 06:36 AM

      So ... did you find the oranges? Did you make the dish?

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        Isanewsful Jan 24, 2011 11:46 AM

        Yes. I went to the website melissa.com. But it is VERY expensive.

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          kaufmad Jan 24, 2011 01:18 PM

          Under 3 bucks a pound. Minimum order is 10 pounds and they freeze ok.

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            paul balbin Jan 24, 2011 02:33 PM

            Try a mojito with them, they rock.
            I also make a mojo with juice, olive oil, garlic, black
            pepper and salt to marinate steaks.

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        kaufmad Jan 23, 2011 05:28 PM

        Or online http://www.melissas.com/Products/Prod...

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          will47 Jan 18, 2011 04:27 PM

          I think they're in season around March. You can get them from one or two farmers market vendors (usually by request only) and maybe from a couple of local orchards. For sure, one of the citrus vendors at the Wed and Sat Santa Monica markets can bring them. I think it's a min 4 lb order, and they are expensive-ish.


          There are also some gardens which have them as noted in the thread above.

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            noahbites Jan 17, 2011 03:27 PM

            They should be in season now, right? Has anyone seen them around at any particular farmers markets? I need to find some this week...

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              Bradbury Jan 17, 2011 03:51 PM

              Assuming roughly similar climates in Seville and SoCal, they should be available between now and early April. I was in Seville in early April a few years back and some were still ripe on the trees then. (The Spanish themselves don't seem to have much use for them, but I know they export a lot to the UK for marmalade making).

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                noahbites Jan 17, 2011 05:32 PM

                Yeah, they're supposedly great for marmalade making. I'm excited to try to use them to cook a Yucatecan dinner this weekend...

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                  rworange Jan 17, 2011 09:16 PM

                  If you don't find fresh, look in a Latino market for the juice which is probably in a box.

                  You cn mix reglular oj with vinegar or just use apple cider vineagr. Vinegar gives the dish the sour flavor and tenderizes the meat. There are a few other substitues if you are interested. I don't have my Mayan cookbook right now but if you are interested in a back up plan, I'll get it back to find out what they are.

                  1. re: rworange
                    noahbites Jan 18, 2011 06:25 AM

                    Cool. Yeah, I've used some substitutes, but I've been eager to see how it turns out with the real thing.

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                      Dommy Jan 23, 2011 11:16 PM

                      The Juice comes in a bottle, shelf stable (Because they are so sour) but with a few preservatives, so the texture is slightly off and the sharpness not as pronounced. Still, much better flavor than the vinegar/oj trick...


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                  AAQjr Jan 17, 2011 08:29 PM

                  Ask around I believe sour orange are used a lot as root stock for the other varieties

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                  AAQjr Jan 13, 2011 06:24 PM

                  They are usually around a few weeks a year at farmer's markets. Cant remember off the top of my head when that is. Other than that they are very hard to find.

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                    jdwdeville Jan 13, 2011 04:55 PM

                    Are Seville oranges the same thing as the ubiquitous Cuban "naranja agria" or sour orange? Been dying to find these around here!

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                      Mr. Roboto Jan 17, 2011 03:39 PM

                      Yes, also known as "naranja amarga," "naranja andaluza," "naranja cachorreña," "naranja bigarade," "naranja de Sevilla," and "naranja cajera."

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