Citrus aurantium L.
Sour oranges and their hybrids
December – May
The Sour Orange is a natural hybrid resulting from a cross between a Pummelo and an ancient Mandarin tree, originally occurred in northeastern India. It was introduced in the Iberian Peninsula by the Arabs (11th century). The Bartolí Sour Orange is an old selection rescued as part of the Todolí Citrus Fundation’s recovery program. It was obtained from a citrus tree more than 100 years old on the Foundation’s El Bartolí estate. To this exemplar a treatment of the root system was performed, eliminating the tap root and propagating the sprout that emerged from the old roots.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous and productive tree. Large leaves with pleasant and distinctive oil. Oblong fruit, medium size. Deep orange rind, slightly bumped and with numerous oil glands of strong aroma. Juicy pulp, tart flavor with pronounced bitterness. It has seeds.
The Bartolí Sour Orange is characterized by its great persistence on the tree, its good storage and the intensity of its essential oils. It is especially suitable for making jams and desserts.