Walking Over Oranges

22 Mar

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On a particularly beautiful day last week we found ourselves walking among the orange groves. For us this was a completely unexplored area of Jàvea and only discovered from the throwaway remark of a friend. He was amazed that we didn’t even know this walk existed particularly as it is surprisingly close to where we’re staying this year.

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His instructions led to the dry bed of the Ria Gorgos and a quiet road running alongside. A short distance through some very unprepossessing industrial buildings and the area gradually opened up into vistas of pretty whitewashed villages backed by the ever present pyramid of Montgo and eventually a maze of fields dedicated to citrus fruit. As the sun warmed the moist ground the newly opening orange blossom filled the air with a heady fragrance.

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The region of Valencia is renowned for its sweet oranges but judging by the amount that remain ripe but unpicked on the trees and now falling to the ground their popularity or the commercial viability must be in decline. I read somewhere that it is legal to pick the oranges from the trees, providing that you eat the whole orange without leaving the shade of the tree. I don’t know the truth of this but the temptation is enormous. We can vouch for the juicy sweetness of Valencian oranges.

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Some form of now disused irrigation system?

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This beetle seemed to be enjoying the newly opening blossom, too. Wouldn’t have thought he was good news, though.

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4 Responses to “Walking Over Oranges”

  1. vinneve March 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    Yes I agree. I prefer Valencia Oranges than others and we have so many to choose from here in UAE.

    • lamputts March 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

      It’s, strange, here the supermarkets seem to have only naval. If you have fresh juice in the cafes, though, you’ll still get Valencia.

      • vinneve March 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

        We shop in Lulu they have some choices. 🙂

      • lamputts March 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

        Love Lulu when I’m in AD!

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