Bergamot Orange

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Citrus bergamia

The Bergamot orange, also known as sour orange is an evergreen tree grown for its fruit, flowers, and leaves which are used primarily for the extraction of its lemon-scented oil but also for its unique tasting citrus fruit. The tree is an erect branching tree with oval leaves, that can reach 4m in height and remain productive for 60 years if well managed. The trees will also tolerate drought conditions but perform poorly in water-logged soil. Trees will grow best when planted in a well-draining sandy loam with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. The soil must be deep enough to permit adequate root development. Trees require full sun and should be protected from the wind which can cause damage to the trees.

The fruit is the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color similar to a lime, depending on ripeness. Unlike sweet oranges, bergamot oranges are sour and not eaten fresh. In addition to being the star flavor of Earl Grey tea, the zest, and flesh of the bergamot fruit are used in Europe as a flavoring in cookies, custards, marmalades, syrups, and cocktails. It is also mixed with mayonnaise or pesto and served as a condiment with fish or meat entrees. The juice can also be used to make refreshing lemonades.

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