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Synonym: myrtle-leaf orange

botanical name: Citrus myrtifolia


The chinotto (pronounced ki-´not-o) comes from China, as its Italian name indicates. The fruit, which stems presumably from the bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), is not widely cultivated today. It is used chiefly as a decorative plant.



These oranges are rarely found on the German market. In Italy they are harvested in September, in Algeria during the months of January and February.


Appearance, taste, characteristics

Chinotti are small (3.5 cm), round, slightly oblate or flattened fruits. Their skin is red-orange and somewhat wrinkled. The tart-to-bitter-tasting pulp is yellow and contains some pips.


Form of consumption, use, processing, practical tips for preparation

The fruits are mainly processed industrially. Their juice is mixed in refreshment beverages. They are also popular as candied fruits. Chinotto oil is obtained from the skin or peel.





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