bitter orange

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bit·ter or·ange

(bit'ĕr ōr'ănj)
The fruit of Citrus aurantium; clinical reports suggest use as an antiviral, in treating gastrointestinal and dermatologic disorders. Some have used it as an appetite suppressant (after the ban on ephedra), but severe and frequent adverse effects have been reported (seizure, cardiovascular disorders).
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bitter orange

A citrus tree, Citrus aurantium, whose oils are used in some cultures as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation or nausea. Bitter orange is commonly used in dietary supplements as an aid to fat loss and as an appetite suppressant.


Bitter orange can worsen cardiovascular disease and glaucoma.
Synonym: zhi shi
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The objective of our work is to study the influence of the desamerization of mesocarpe on the chemical composition and the sensorial quality of the Bigarade jam.
cv Bigarade) were collected in the area called Atlas Blideen or Metidjian Atlas which is a region known for the fertility of its soil and its oranges of good quality.
Sugar concentrations are determined by referring to the standard glucose curve (10 to 80 [micro]g/ml), and the results are expressed in mg glucose equivalents/100 mg or 100 ml of jam, fresh peels, or Bigarade juice.
No data were available on the physicochemical parameters and the desamerisation of Bigarade jam, which makes comparison very difficult.
Karadeniz [27] reported a pH value of Bigarade juice similar to ours (2.52).
The results shown in Table 2 reveal that the Bigarade peels are richer in protein than the edible portion.
Unlike regular sweet 'dessert' oranges, Sevilles also known as bigarades), beneath their trademark knobbly skins, have very sour flesh and a thick layer of pith, loaded with pectin, making them ideal for slow-cooking and setting into jams and jellies.