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).

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

bitter orange,

n an essential oil, expressed from the fruit of the bitter orange
(Citrus aurantium), useful for treating colds and flu, constipation and flatulence, gum conditions, sluggish digestion, and stress.
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We don't know the full economic impact that this new aphid may have on Florida citrus, but damage to trees on sour orange alone could exceed $500 million over the next 20 years," predicts Richard Gaskalla, who is director of the Division of Plant Industry in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
An ancient hybrid of the sweet lime and sour orange is the berg a mot, grown primarily in Italy, a citrus that today is particularly valued for the clean, floral aroma of its oil.
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But maybe you did not think about pairing bitter and salty greens with sweet and sour oranges and lemons.
He had forgotten about the strange and wonderful fruit--juicy mangoes with no strings to catch in his teeth; bananas that were tiny and smelled like apples; green coconuts with cool, sweet water inside; plums that were too small; papayas that were too huge; sweet oranges that always had green skins; and sour oranges with skins that turned bright orange.
The amount of sugar will be considerably reduced depending on the sweetness of the fruit but even with quite sour oranges you should need only about half as much as for the lemonade.