Jijona/Xixona

Jijona (Spanish: [xiˈxona]) or Xixona (Valencian: [ʃiˈʃona]) is a town and municipality in the Valencian Community on the eastern coast of Spain.

Jijona/Xixona
Jijona/Xixona

Coat of arms
Jijona/Xixona
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°32′21″N 0°30′29″W
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaAlacantí
Judicial districtSant Vicent del Raspeig
Government
  AlcaldeIsabel López (2015) (PSOE)
Area
  Total163.76 km2 (63.23 sq mi)
Elevation
453 m (1,486 ft)
Population
 (2008)
  Total7,575
  Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Xixonenc(a) (Valencian)
Jijonenco/a (Spanish)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03100
Official language(s)Valencian

Turrón

The town is famous for a type of soft nougat, known in Spanish as Turrón de Jijona and in Valencian as Torró de Xixona. This is mostly due to the extensive almond farming that has existed since the Moorish farmers originally cultivated the almond trees following the Islamic conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Several factories produce turrón, which is all distributed for sale in December, although now they are trying to expand it during the other months.

This turron is protected by European Union, through the IGP (Indicación Geográfica Protegida).


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