Laraha

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Laraha
Species Citrus × aurantium subsp. currassuviencis
Cultivar 'Laraha'
Origin Curaçao, south Caribbean

Laraha (Citrus × aurantium subsp. currassuviencis,[1] or 'Curaçao orange' (Citrus aurantium var. currassuviencis,[2] ) is a citrus tree that grows on the island of Curaçao, and the fruits of this tree. A descendant of the domesticated orange, the fruit of the laraha is too bitter and too fibrous to be considered edible.

History and use[edit]

Seville orange trees transplanted on Curaçao from Spain in 1527 did not thrive in the arid climate and soil of this Southern Caribbean island.[2] As the trees were then abandoned, the fruit evolved from a bright orange color and sweet taste into the green and inedible bitter laraha. The dried peels of the laraha, however, were discovered to be pleasantly aromatic,[2] and experimentation with the extracts of these peels led to the creation of Curaçao liqueur.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Citrus aurantium xx currassuviencis". eol.org. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Carpenter, Dave (9 May 2015). "Orange Appeal". beerandbrewing.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  • Benjamin, Alan Fredric (2002). Jews of the Dutch Caribbean. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-27439-7. 
  • Gastmann, Albert (1978). Historical Dictionary of the French and Netherlands Antilles. Scarecrow Press. p. 110. ISBN 0-8108-1153-7.