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The orchard

Since the 19th century, CHERRY ROCHER directly cultivates a vast orchard of 6,000 cherry trees of several varieties at the heart of the Ardèche region.

Our in-depth arboriculture experience is beneficial for selecting raw materials purchased from different production areas. This ensures the origin and quality of all our products.

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An arboreal heritage to be at one with nature :

The vitamin C-rich orange, which belongs to the Rutaceae family, is listed in the Citrus genus, which totals over one hundred and sixty species.

Citrus fruit originates in China and South-East Asia, where certain species have been grown since Prehistoric times. Its habitat slowly spread through India, Arabia and Mediterranean countries.

The Romans used the citron as a perfume and medicinal plant.     
Bitter orange, or bigarade orange, arrived in Europe thanks to the Arabs during the 9th century. Sweet orange only reached Europe, via Portugal, during the Renaissance.

  • Bitter orange

Citrus aurantium, bitter orange, is too acidic to be eaten on its own, but can be used for preparing liqueurs such as curaçao and marmalade that the British love so much.

  • Sweet orange

Citrus sinensis, sweet orange, exists in around a hundred varieties. The most well-known in Europe are Valencia late, Jaffa and Navel.
Blood oranges, such as the Maltese, are sweet-sour with red pulp.

Cherry Rocher procures its sweet and bitter oranges from Haiti and from Spain for its Curaçao Bleu, its Grande Dauphine, and its various curaçao liqueurs.

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