Chinotto orange

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Chinnoto tree and oranges

The chinotto is a small, bitter citrus fruit that grows on the chinotto tree, which is also called the "myrtle-leaved orange tree" (Citrus aurantium var. myrtifolia). This tree grows to a height of three metres and can be found in Malta and in the Liguria, Tuscany, Sicily, and Calabria regions of Italy.

The chinotto fruit is an essential flavour component of most Italian bitters (i.e., amari), the popular Campari aperitif and the non-alcoholic soft-drink, Chinnoto.

The name chinotto is derived from China, where the tree was thought to have originated.

Removing the wax coating from chinotto oranges

non organic citrus fruit is coated with a thin layer of wax (either petroleum based or natural), which prevents water loss and therefore extends the shelf life. Wax is also used for aesthetic reasons. Apparently, as consumers, we demand shiny fruit. Organic fruit is not waxed as that would not be permitted under organic standards.

Here are a couple of methods that you can use to remove wax from a chinnoto orange:

Boiling water
  • Place fruit in a colander
  • Boil a kettle & leave to cool for 5 minutes
  • Pour over the fruit
  • Using gloves to protect your hands from the heat, scrub the fruit with a small brush
  • Rinse with cold water and wipe dry with paper towels
Microwave
  • Microwave fruit for 10 seconds
  • Using gloves to protect your hands from the heat, scrub the fruit with a small brush
  • Rinse with cold water and wipe dry with paper towels

How much does one cup of chinotto orange flesh weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
chinotto orange flesh segments/large pieces/ flesh only
1
225 grams 8 ounces

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