Citrus aurantium L.
Sour oranges and their hybrids
December – May
Ancient variety, resulted as the selection of a spontaneous sectorial chimaera that creates some variegated leaves and striped appearance to the fruits. It could be found at the Medici gardens in the 16th century. At that time it was also called “Swiss orange”, due to the similarity of the yellow and orange stripes of the fruit with the Swiss Guard pants.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Medium vigorous tree very similar to the common bitter orange. Typical leaves, but scarcely variegated. Fruits with apparent longitudinal sections, of green and yellow color first, and yellow and orange when the fruit ripens. Juicy, bitter pulp with numerous seeds.
Variety very appreciated from the ornamental point of view. The fruits can be processed like those of the common bitter orange tree (jams, liqueurs…).