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Jams and marmalades with a long tradition

30.08.17

A wide variety of trees, shrubs and aromatic plants grow in the gardens in the central courtyard of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. They include orange trees dating from 1914. For the first time since the architectural complex was reopened in 2014, the fruit of these Seville orange trees has been picked to make delicious marmalade. This sees the return to an old tradition, as staff at the former Hospital would make homemade marmalade with these oranges.
The Site’s garden is rich in biodiversity and has 14 hundred-year-old orange trees that formed part of the original gardens of the old Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner.
In keeping with the criteria of sustainability applied in the restoration of the Site, this most recent initiative has a three-fold aim: to help maintain the biodiversity of the space, to improve the health of the fruit trees, and to prevent the oranges going to waste. 
It also promotes the consumption of local products, as the marmalade is made at Les Eroles, an artisan firm with a long history in Castell d’Aro (Baix Empordà). 
Other jams were made using thyme and rosemary, aromatic herbs that grow on the Site. The basis in this case is apple, to which the herbs add an original twist.
These attractively packaged products are on sale in the shop of the Art Nouveau Site, making them really local products.