4.27.2013

Neroli water extraction

Tunisian families are known by home neroli water extraction every year. Between the end of April and the begining of May, you can smill the neroli amazing smilling every where especially in northern Tunisia.

Neroli flower
The flowers or "zhar" as it's called in tunisian arabic are cultivated when it still closed and tunisian women extract neroli water by water steam with handmade extractors called kattar.
Neroli water is very used in tunisian cuisine, mainly in deserts and sweets, it's also known by its medicinal benefits in aromatherapy, massage and it is considered to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. More than 12% of all modern quality perfumes use neroli as their principal ingredient.Tunisian women put neroli water in glass vials called "fechka". Fechkas are tradionally dressed with fabric or painting coverage to evoid neroli oil oxydation by light effect.

Big Fechka statue, Bni khyar, Tunisia