bitter orange

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bitter orange

n.
1. An orange tree (Citrus aurantium) that is widely cultivated in warm regions and has reddish-orange, highly acidic fruit.
2. The fruit of this tree. In both senses also called bigarade, Seville orange, sour orange.

bitter orange

n
(Plants) another name for Seville orange
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bitter orange - any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruitbitter orange - any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
bitter orange, Seville orange, sour orange - highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade
genus Citrus - orange; lemon; lime; etc.
orange tree, orange - any citrus tree bearing oranges
2.bitter orange - highly acidic orange used especially in marmaladebitter orange - highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade
orange - round yellow to orange fruit of any of several citrus trees
bigarade, bitter orange, bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantium, marmalade orange, Seville orange, sour orange - any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
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There is some biscuity sweetness in the aroma, matched with a hint of bitter oranges in the background.
The mystery was that this shipment was also said to contain bitter oranges and a batch of Spanish onions.
For almost every month there is a special ingredient to be used at the peak of its powers, and right now, across Andalucia in southern Spain, the wonderful bitter oranges are at their very best.
Jams were made from sour cherries, bitter oranges, baby eggplants, and carrots.
Bitter oranges (Citrus aurantium) are used for making jams, and their zest (the top layer of an orange's peel) flavors orange liqueurs, like Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and Triple Sec.
All gins with have four key botanicals in them; juniper berries from Italy which make gins dry and fragrant (lavender style); coriander from Morocco, producing a mellow yet spicy pepper note; citrus peel, (lemons, bitter oranges) from Spain, the skins' oils provide more flavour than the flesh giving a more rounded citrus edge; Angelica from Germany, France or Belgium, which helps to marry the other flavours together for a musky, damp woody sweet flavour.
Common orange trading in the Mediterranean didn't begin until the 1300s, when merchants in Nice began trade in bitter oranges, a fruit that had enjoyed popularity in China and Japan for millennia.