Citrus aurantium L.
Sour oranges and their hybrids
December – May
Foetifera Bitter Orange was well known in Europe in the 17th century, especially in Italy. Of unknown origin, it seems to come from a spontaneous mutation.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree, open bearing. Oval leaves, green, shiny and with winged petiole. White and fragrant flowers, arranged in clusters or solitary. Medium-large fruits, flattened at both poles and orange when ripe. Often have inside a second, much smaller, fruit as a fetus (hence its name), which comes to protrude through the apical area. The pulp is grainy and moderately juicy. Acid juice with a bitter touch. It presents numerous seeds.
It can be used for the manufacture of jams and candied fruit.