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Aberglasney Gardens Welsh Oranges Make Heavenly Ice Cream
20/11/06

Heavenly ice cream was missing an orange variety. And so nearby Aberglasney Gardens has stepped in to provide home grown oranges to the Llandeilo based bespoke ice cream maker. It's thought to be the first time that Welsh oranges have been used in ice cream!

The oranges are grown from trees located
in the cloister garden.

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The ten kilos of oranges represent the entire crop produced at Aberglasney this year and were prepared for ice cream almost as soon as they were picked from the tree. Delighted customers have been enjoying the tart flavour created by using plenty of zest in the Aberglasney Orange Ice Cream.

Delighted

Aberglasney Gardens Director Graham Rankin says he's delighted to have been able to help out. The latest success follows on from the lavender ice cream, using lavender he grew specifically for the Heavenly produce.

"I'm thrilled that Heavenly are using our oranges", he says. "These oranges are grown from trees located in the cloister garden. The trees are moved under cover once the first frosts set in.

"People don't expect to see oranges in a garden of this type, but it's a development of a tradition that may date back to the late sixteenth century when oranges were first introduced to Wales. They are authentic.

"It is thought that oranges were first grown in Wales in 1594 at St Donats, Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan. Bishop Rudd who built the unusual garden structures at Aberglasney in 1600 could have adorned the Cloister Garden with such exotic fruits.

"We have ten trees which fruit very well and I can already see that there will be an excellent crop again next year. The oranges grown at Aberglasney are both sweet and bitter varieties and make a wonderful conversation piece with our admiring visitors".

Local Produce

Heavenly owners Paul and Tracey Kindred are thrilled with the Aberglasney oranges. They are committed to using local produce and despite exotic names such as Sicilian Pistachio, Mississippi Mud Pie, and Mediterranean Lemon most of the ingredients in the ice cream are locally produced.

"We use Welsh organic milk and lots of locally grown fruit", says Tracey. "It's part of our business ethos that we have always wanted to source local produce.

"We've been in business here in Llandeilo for fourteen years and have always been supported by local businesses and local people. It's about food miles, employment in the local community….

"Everything about buying locally is a bonus and we're delighted that Aberglasney has been able to produce these excellent oranges for us".

Tracey added that Aberglasney orange, nutmeg, and cranberry ice cream would be one of a new range of ten Christmas ice creams. Aberglasney lavender ice cream is also part of the Heavenly range, as is Aberglasney lavender and apple jelly.


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