sour orange

noun

Definition of sour orange 

: a citrus tree (Citrus aurantium) that is used especially as a stock in grafting citrus also : its bitter fruit

called also bitter orange

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Like sour oranges, yuzu are not really for snacking. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "From Tangelo to Yuzu, 8 Rare and Delicious Citrus to Try Now," 17 Feb. 2017 Cochinita, which is pork leg cooked with sour orange, garlic, and oregano in the ground is also divine. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Jeremiah Tower Is Done With These Gimmicky Food Trends," 25 Apr. 2017 Walk across the street to El Distilado for some small-batch mezcal and the city’s best guacamole (made with sour oranges!). Alison Roman, Bon Appetit, "Oaxaca: A Wonderland of Cheese, Corn, and Color," 26 Apr. 2017 The meat is marinated in sour orange beforehand, giving it a slight sweetness. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Taste of Yucatan offers different take on Mexican cuisine," 6 Oct. 2017 At home, use sour oranges to make a tangy marinade or flavorful chutney. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "From Tangelo to Yuzu, 8 Rare and Delicious Citrus to Try Now," 17 Feb. 2017

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1748, in the meaning defined above

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