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    Kat
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        I want to try making bitter orange preserve (Nerantzi glyko) and (obviously!), need bittter oranges. Can anyone tell me if they’re readily available from fruit & veg shops in the Apokoronas and at what time of the year they’re available. The Greek name for bitter oranges would also be useful.

        Thanks

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        #41200
        NotAnotherScottishWinter
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            Hi Kat,

            You’ve got the name there already as part of the name of the preserve. Bitter orange(s) are [ch957][ch949][ch961][ch940][ch957][ch964][ch950][ch953]([ch945]) [nerantzi(a)] as opposed to ordinary orange(s), which are [ch960][ch959][ch961][ch964][ch959][ch954][ch940][ch955][ch953]([ch945]) [portokali(a)].

            No idea about availability. Sorry that’s unhelpful. I’ll be honest – I’m just trying to notch up to three posts so that I can send a PM.

            Good luck!

            #41472
            arff-arff
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                Hi Kat,
                I think that the neranzia’s are not ready until Dec/Jan.
                You will recognize them because they have very wrinkly skin ( like mine ) and are normally the only oranges left unpicked.
                I am not 100% sure but I think that the orange trees that grow in the pavements in Chania are all neranzi, but have never seen them for sale. All orange trees if not cut back will eventually revert back to their rootstock which are neranzi. :-?

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                scooby
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                    I have a couple in the garden and the neighbour takes the oranges in the summer when ready.

                    #41824
                    Robertson
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                        As far as I know they are not grown or sold commercially. You come by them by knowing someone who has a tree. The trees are not uncommon, so if you ask around among your Greek neighbours you may well find somebody happy to give you a kilo or two What you can buy at good greengrocers in January is the [ch960][ch949][ch961][ch947][ch945][ch956][ch972][ch957][ch964][ch959] or bergamot orange. Much used here in spoon sweets and has a wonderful perfumed flavour.

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                        esxman
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                            Kat ,
                            the people have given you the correct info , BUT  there is one man who will sell them to you , if you see him selling oranges from the back of a flat-back , usually in Almyrida , ask him for the Neranji or Seville , I had about 10 kilo last winter , and followed a recipe on the net for Oxford marmalade here :- http://www.oxfordmarmalade.com/, and made 3 kilner jars full , I am about halfway thru my haul , and using the brown sugar Fytro from Carrefoure , the marmalade is dark brown and so tasty , oh I have given some away with just a dash of Cointreau it it !!! happy simmering

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                            Kat
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                                Thanks to everyone for your help.

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