Bitter Orange Flower
The bitter orange is a rustic tree with flowers that are charmingly perfumed. They contain a treasure, the essence of Neroli. The Orange Blossom is white, bigger than those of the soft orange tree, and smells very good. They bloom at the beginning of the spring. The harvest of the Orange Blossom begins at the end of March-beginning of April. The picking of flowers is rather made in the morning, after the dew. The essence obtained by distillation, the Neroli, presents a light yellow aspect and a bitter flavor. The distillation generates a by-product, a perfumed water, well known as the orange blossom water, used as well in foodstuffs and cosmetics.
Les Arômes du Maroc cultivate the Bitter Orange Flower in 4 sites through Morocco : Sidi Slimane, Maaziz, Tiddas et Mnasra.
- Plant code: p01
- Botanic name: Citrus aurantium
- Harvest period: March — april (10 to 30 days).
- Farming: Conventional and organic
- Vertical integration: Full (industrial and agricultural)
Les Arômes du Maroc is the first world producer of Néroli. This essence is considered by several major perfumers as one of the best essential oil intended for the fragrance industry.
The Orange concrete is the intermediate material which allows to obtain the Absolute, the other natural ingredient of the perfumer.
The Orange blossom Water produced by Les Arômes du Maroc, and well known by its geographic origin of » Dar Belaamri » is very appreciated worldwide. It is used in moroccan customs as a flavour enhancer to drinks and pasteries, but also used as a refreshing water in festive gathering such as weddings.
Used in the F&F industry, absolutes are similar to essential oils. They are concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixtures extracted from plants. Whereas essential oils can typically be produced through steam distillation, absolutes require the use of solvent extraction techniques or more traditionally, through enfleurage.