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Seville Orange

Citrus aurantium

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The Basics

  • What Is It?

    The bitter/sour fruit of a specific citrus variety (family Rutaceae), related to but entirely distinct from the more common sweet orange.

  • Seasonality

    WINTER (Can be frozen and used year-round)

  • Flavour Profile

    Sour/bitter, acidic (juice), highly fragrant, intensely orangey

  • Other Names

    Bitter, sour, bigarade, and/or marmalade orange.


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  • Find

    Specialty Grocery Stores, Fruit Markets, Direct from Growers, Special Order (Online or In-Store)

  • Choose

    Bright orange, relatively firm oranges with a fragrant peel. Some softness and surface scarring is normal.

  • Prep

    Difficulty: Low – Easy to peel and juice. The numerous seeds need to be strained out if using the juice. The peel and zest are easy to work with.

  • Use

    Generally cooked, though technically edible raw. The peel or zest is popular in preserves (e.g. marmalade). The juice is used in sauces, marinades, and desserts.

  • Store

    Ripen: Room Temperature
    Short Term: Refrigerate
    Long Term: Freeze whole

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  • Flavour Profile

    Sour/Bitter (NOT Sweet); Highly aromatic with a powerful ‘orange’ scent and flavour (especially in the zest).

  • Substitutions

    A mix of sweet orange and lemon juice can sometimes work (see “Need More Detail?” below).

  • Cuisines

    Important in European preserves (e.g. marmalade) and desserts, Cuban and Mexican savory cooking, and some East Asian sauces and recipes.

  • Flavour Pairings

    Savory: Pork, duck, rich & intense meats; cilantro, onion, garlic, oregano
    Sweet: Chocolate, lemon, whisky

  • Varieties

    Chinnotto, Daidai, Florida/Cuban Sour Orange, Bergamot (Bergamot is highly distinctive and not interchangeable with standard bitter oranges)

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  • Nutrition

    Extremely high in Vitamin C.
    For a full nutritional profile, click Need More Detail? below.

  • Top-To-Tail

    The fruit is entirely edible or usable, including the skin (zest and pith), flesh/juice, and seeds.

  • GMO Status


  • Health & Science

    – Seville oranges are used to manufacture a weight-loss supplement known or suspected to cause serious side effects.
    – As with grapefruit (and many other citrus), Seville oranges may interact with certain classes of drugs.

  • Organic vs. Conventional

    Both organic and conventionally grown Seville oranges are available, though availability may be limited.

Seville Orange Recipes

Bacon Marmalade

Bacon Marmalade

Sour Orange & Lemon Pie

Sour Orange & Lemon Pie with a Chocolate Graham Wafer Crust

Puerco Pibil

Puerco (Cochinita) Pibil

K’uut Bi Ik
(Smoky Dried Chili Salsa)

Smoky K'uut Bi Ik (Dried Chili Salsa)

Orange French Toast
& Maple Whipped Cream

Seville Orange French Toast & Maple Whipped Cream

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