Season for bitter orange flowers' collection and distillation starts in Nabeul governorate | Tunisia News Gazette

Season for bitter orange flowers’ collection and distillation starts in Nabeul governorate

During March and April of each year most regions of the Nabeul governorate live at the rhythm of the bitter orange flowers’ collection and distillation season. This campaign creates a festive atmosphere in Nabeul and the Cap Bon region.

This year, the harvest is expected to edge up by 10%, according to head of the Nabeul regional authority for agricultural development Moncef Taieb.

It is expected to reach 1,500 tons including 1,500 kg of neroli — essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of orange blossom or bitter orange and used especially in the manufacture of cosmetics — (a ton of flowers of bitter orange produces 1kg of neroli and 600 litres of orange blossom water), he said.

About 60% of the production is processed in the five industrial distilleries of the region and the traditional distillation methods in the Nabeul cities, including Beni Khiar and Dar Shaabane, which take up about 60% of the areas devoted to this crop in the Cap Bon, counting over 125,000 feet of bitter orange trees extending over an area of 450 ha.

Source: TAP News Agency

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