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SpeciesCitrus × aurantium subsp. currassuviencis
OriginCuraçao, south Caribbean

Laraha (Citrus × aurantium subsp. currassuviencis),[1] or Curaçao orange (Citrus aurantium var. currassuviencis),[2] is the name of a citrus tree that grows on the island of Curaçao, and also the fruit of this tree. A descendant of the bitter 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 into the green 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Citrus aurantium xx currassuviencis". Retrieved 8 February 2017.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Carpenter, Dave (9 May 2015). "Orange Appeal". 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.