Indeed, it was a little harsh and was likened to the taste of a bitter orange.
The Seville or bitter orange is used for the manufacture of bitter tincture and candied orange-peel.
The girl munched a cheekful of bitter orange pulp and looked thoughtful.
The rind of the bitter orange is used to make a sweetmeat with which we are all familiar.
Thus in the twelfth century we find that the bitter orange was a commonly cultivated tree in all the Levant countries.
The blossom of the Bizarade or bitter orange is most prized for wreaths and favours when the fresh flowers can be procured.
bitter orange, rectified spirit, of each a sufficient quantity.
Here the shrubby growth, chosen for its neat form and comparatively rapid development, is the bitter orange.
The wild or bitter orange is used for hedges, and the thick skin of the fruit makes a sweetmeat of some commercial value.
That obtained from the flowers of the Bigaradier, or bitter orange, is the finer and more expensive quality.
c.1300, of the fruit, from Old French orange, orenge (12c., Modern French orange), from Medieval Latin pomum de orenge, from Italian arancia, originally narancia (Venetian naranza), alteration of Arabic naranj, from Persian narang, from Sanskrit naranga-s "orange tree," of uncertain origin. Not used as a color word until 1540s.
Loss of initial n- probably due to confusion with definite article (e.g. une narange, una narancia), but perhaps influenced by French or "gold." The name of the town of Orange in France (see Orangemen) perhaps was deformed by the name of the fruit. Orange juice is attested from 1723.
The tree's original range probably was northern India. The Persian orange, grown widely in southern Europe after its introduction in Italy 11c., was bitter; sweet oranges were brought to Europe 15c. from India by Portuguese traders and quickly displaced the bitter variety, but only Modern Greek still seems to distinguish the bitter (nerantzi) from the sweet (portokali "Portuguese") orange. Portuguese, Spanish, Arab, and Dutch sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy. On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought the seeds of oranges, lemons and citrons to Haiti and the Caribbean. Introduced in Florida (along with lemons) in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Introduced to Hawaii 1792.