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Bitter orange fruit (Citrus aurantium) may also be called sour orange, marmalade orange, Seville orange or Chinese Bitter Orange. This is a spiny evergreen orange tree that is considered to be a native plant of Vietnam. The bitter orange fruit is also cultivated in the country of Curacao. In the Mediterranean region, it is also grown for its essential oils and also for the alkaloid called synephrine which is similar in therapeutic properties as…

…are perpetual herbs with stalks that are long and that shoots up directly from the ground. It has lobed and intricately dissected leaves and tiny greenish-white flowers. The rhizomes are brownish on the outside and either orange or yellow on the inside. Coptis is mostly found in the eastern region of Asia and is a relative of goldenseal, a North American herb. During the 1700s and 1800s in North America, Coptis Root was known as the “King of the…

…a less bitter taste and has a spicy-sweet aroma. Ginger has a sialagogue result that stimulates saliva production and makes swallowing easier. Young ginger roots are very juicy and have a fleshy texture with a very mild flavor. These are most commonly pickled with vinegar or sherry for a snack or are added to dishes for a mild flavor. In teas, the root is steeped in boiling water with honey. Other popular additions are a slice of orange or lemon.…

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