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Citrus myrtifolia

English name: Myrtle-leaved orange tree

Latin name: Citrus myrtifolia

Family: Rue (citrus) - Rutaceae

Origin: Malta, Libya, Italy

This fragrant orange tree is small, growing to a height of about 3 metres. The leaves are small and shaped like myrtles, hence the species’ name. The fruits are miniature oranges, close to the size of mandarins. They are, however, bitter and sour. In Italy, its bitter orange flavour is used in certain alcoholic drinks.

Citrus myrtifolia