A woman collects bitter orange flowers in Maghdoushe. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Just a few kilometers southeast of Sidon, in the village of Maghdoushe, two elderly women sit in front of a house sorting through a pile of bitter orange blossoms. They are preparing to make bitter orange blossom water, a clear, perfumed liquid made by distilling the potent smelling flowers.Hind Hakim, who is in her 80s, remembers when Maghdoushe's springtime hills were filled with hundreds of bitter orange trees.Bitter orange blossom water has many uses, Hakim explains.Hakim's friend and helper Bahia Laound is busy removing leaves from the blossoms.Lemon and orange grower Abu Hasin keeps a grove in Anqoun, 2 kilometers from Maghdoushe.He also sells his lemon flowers to the distillery in Maghdoushe.
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