Plant family: Route plant (Rutaceae). The Bitter orange or Bitter orange ( Citrus aurantium L.), also s aure orange called, is a citrus plant. Their fruit is orange-like, but bitter and smaller. The bitter orange was probably created as a cross between the grapefruit (Citrus maxima ) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata The bitter orange tree grows as an evergreen tree and is up to 10m high. The bitter orange came to Italy in the 11th century. The sweet variant did not come to Europe until the 15th century. the Petit Grain bio from Primavera is produced in Paraguay / Egypt.
Home: Mainly in the Mediterranean, America and India
Three different oils are obtained from the bitter orange tree, also known as pomeranian.
From the peel of the fruit the bitter orange oil
From the buds, leaves and twigs the petit grain
From the flowers the neroli
However, petit grain oil is also obtained from other citrus trees. While the oil of the bitter orange tree is known, the petit grain oils are less used in the leaves of the tangerine tree and the clementine tree.
An unusual fragrance – citric, tart, fruity, with a lot of depth – wonderful to combine with, for example lemon , Lime, orange or grapefruit
From about 200kg leaves and twigs you get 1 liter. Oil