Taste of Old Florida

Sour orange pie
Sour orange pie is a beloved local favorite resurrected from family cookbooks. DANIELLE ROSE PHOTOS

Sour orange pie has roots in Spanish settlements


sour oranges
Look for sour oranges, which arrived in Florida via the Spanish explorers in the 1500s, at local markets such as Nelson Family Farms in Fort Pierce.

If Key lime pie is Florida’s most famous dessert, sour orange pie must be our best kept secret. 

When I hike in the woods, I often come home with sour oranges. Sometimes I spot a couple on the ground, only to look up and see massive, healthy citrus trees underneath the oak canopy, all covered in fruit. Spanish settlers brought sour oranges, also called Seville oranges, to Florida in the 16th century. 

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