Bergamot Sour Orange Tree – Citrus auranium var. bergamia ‘Bergamot’
Bergamot is a unique citrus that has many uses, but it’s rarely eaten fresh! A mix of sour orange and lemon, the Bergamot is all about the peel. This aromatic covering is made into an essential oil that’s used in many perfumes, teas (Earl Grey anyone?), candies, and tobacco products. While the flesh is aromatic too, it has a bitter, sour orange flavor. Fruit ripens November to December. Self-fertile. Zones 9-11.