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I ran into this phrase on the wikipedia page for Mandarines (oranges). The entire sentence is:

Les utilisations de la mandarine sont identiques à celles de l’orange. Elle est notamment appréciée comme fruit de bouche. L’écorce et le jus sont utilisés dans les boissons (liqueur, condiments, bière, etc.), en cuisine salée et sucrée.

I have never run into this phrase before and I even tried looking for it in idiom repositories, but I only found a slight mention to it here.

What does the phrase "comme fruit de bouche" mean in this context?

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"Fruit that you eat" or "fruit for direct consumption," as opposed to fruit for making jam, wine, liqueur, etc.

  • I like the answer, but were you able to find that in a dictionary? – trevorist Sep 18 '15 at 21:22
  • No, that's just what the Linguee results and some common sense led me to. :-) – lkl Sep 18 '15 at 21:32
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    For the food industry terminology, Termium has it at fresh market fruit; maybe contrasting with fruit de garniture along the lines you explain etc. Thanks. – user3177 Sep 18 '15 at 22:13
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    +1 As you allude to, it could also be contrasted with fruits à cidre (especially 'pommes à cidre' for making apple cider). – Papa Poule Sep 18 '15 at 22:49

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