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Laraha Orange

When speaking of an official Curaçao Liqueur, the liqueur has to be made of the dried peels of the “Laraha”. Laraha is the bitter orange native of Curaçao with the Latin name incorporating the island name: "Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis", meaning "Golden Orange of Curaçao". Laraha is the main ingredient of the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur produced by Senior.
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Laraha Orange

When speaking of an official Curaçao Liqueur, the liqueur has to be made of the dried peels of the “Laraha”. Laraha is the bitter orange native of Curaçao with the Latin name incorporating the island name: "Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis", meaning "Golden Orange of Curaçao". Laraha is the main ingredient of the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur produced by Senior.

To this day, we are the only brand that uses the peels of the Laraha Orange to produce Curaçao Liqueur

Shortly after the discovery of the island in 1499, the Spaniards planned for, amongst others, an agricultural development of Curaçao. One of the plants they carried with care on their long sea voyages from Spain was the so-called “Valencia” orange. The sizzling sun and arid climate were too much for the colorful sweet oranges though, and this once juicy fruit then turned into a kind of bitter, almost inedible product. In short, the project was forgotten and the "misfits" of the once proud "Valencia" oranges grew wild and abandoned. Not even our infamous goats would touch them. But this was a blessing in disguise because decades later (the exact date is lost in history), someone discovered that the peels of this orange, thoroughly dried by the sun, contained etheric oils with an extraordinary pleasing fragrance.

By this time, the stepchild of the Valencia orange had received its own botanical name: “Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis”, meaning “Golden Orange of Curaçao”. In the local tongue simply named “Laraha”. Rumor has it that the name Laraha comes from the Arabic word Naranj, meaning orange. The Spaniard then picked up this term during the Arabs invasion.

The Laraha tree is our hero and the reason why it is represented in our logo and why our bottles are orange-shaped. A Curaçao Liqueur does not have to be made in Curaçao, unlike products like Champagne and Tequila. But we are proud of our island and proud to be the Curaçao of Curaçao.