“Azahar or lemon blossom” is the name of several white flowers, par excellence, of the lemon, the orange and the citron.
The name comes from the Hispanic Arabic azzahar, and this, of classical Arabic az-zahr (meaning flower). The name is popularly associated with the flower of the lemon, the most prized for its beauty, aroma and properties, which are traditionally considered therapeutic.
It is an essential ingredient in many herbal teas for its sedative properties. Of lemon blossom essential oil is also distilled.
This type of flower can be seen during the spring time not only in the fields of these species, but also in the streets and squares of many Spanish cities: especially Valencia, Murcia, Alicante, Málaga, Córdoba, Sevilla where it is used as tree ornamental and pleasant fragrance invades the urban environment.