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    Petitgrain growing in Paraguay
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    Young petitgrain plantation
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    Traditional petitgrain harvesting in Paraguay
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    Maturing plants almost ready for harvesting
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    Traditional distillation of petitgrain
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    Traditional setup for distilling petitgrain
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Petitgrain Oil Paraguay Citrus aurantium ssp.

  • Description

    Petitgrain oil is produced from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium amara), a member of the Rutaceae plant family. 

    These evergreen trees can grow up to 6 metres in the wild, but will only grow to half this height in cultivation. 

    It is mainly distilled by small farmers and delivered in small quantities to local traders (collectors), who then test, batch and resell the product to export houses. Harvesting and distillation is done between the months of October and March. 

    The tree produces a distinctive 'double leaf', which has a small bulge at the base of the main leaf. Its fruit is used to flavour liqueurs, such as Grand Mariner and Triple sec, and its flowers provide neroli and orange blossom oils, It is also used widely in perfumery for its strong, bitter-sweet, citrusy odour with floral and woody notes.

    Paraguay is the dominant producer of petitgrain oil and in recent years annual production has ranged between 180 – 200 tonnes, accounting for over 80% of global output. Almost all the oil is exported.

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Citrus aurantium ssp.
    • Origin: Paraguay
    • Crop Season: All Year
    • Plant/part used: Leaves and terminal branches
    • Method of extraction: Steam distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8016-44-2
    • EINECS CAS: 8014-17-3
    • EINECS: 277-143-2
    • INCI Name: Citrus aurantium amara leaf/twig oil
    • Appearance: pale yellow to light brown mobile liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Light woody, fresh, sweet orange, green
    • Density: 0.885 - 0.898
    • Refractive index: 1.455 - 1.472
    • Optical rotation: -6° to -12°
    • Chemical constituents: Linalyl acetate, linalol
  • Latest Market Information December 12, 2018

    As the farmers are busy seeding other varieties of products, the current production of petitgrain oil is almost nil. The main crop began processing in the latter part of October. Assuming no weather complications, Paraguay is on track to have a healthy crop this year. Thus, crop production availability is expected for shipment mid-November onwards.

    Market prices USD 56.00 /kilo
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