One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A citrus fruit which is a cross between an orange and a tangerine, developed in Jamaica in the 1920s.
Citrus sinensis × reticulata, family Rutaceae
- ‘Jamaican cooks have rediscovered their native tangy fruits, including ackee (the reddish-yellow fruit of an evergreen tree), carambola, and ortanique (a cross between an orange and a tangerine).’
- ‘There are large round dishes with ortaniques around the rim (an ortanique is a citrus fruit) and the word ‘Ortanique’ in the center.’
- ‘Ortanique. A citrus fruit, a Jamaican tangerine-orange hybrid; it contains more juice but has a tougher skin.’
Blend of orange, tangerine, and unique.
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