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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The Acid Lime is a classic choice, but lemons, sour oranges, or even rice vinegar will do the job. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The No-Brainer Corn Salad We’re Eating All Summer," 21 June 2019 The farm is the place where Dave Anderson, who trained at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, creates beer magic using unique flavors like sour orange and basil. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin loves beer so much that even the smallest towns have breweries," 12 June 2019 But there’s really no substitute for the complexity, depth of flavor and invigorating bite lurking under the knobbly skin of a true sour orange. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Also known as sour orange, this citrus grows wild in the Yucatan peninsula. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of sour orange

1748, in the meaning defined above

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