Blood Oranges

Have you ever had a blood orange?  If not, you haven’t lived!

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I only just found this citrus giant a few weeks ago and I can’t get enough!  I’m not much of an orange person, but this orange is different and has completely converted me to a citrus lover.  It is sweet and sour all at the same time.  It’s juicy and just tastes and smells like it is so good for you (because it is!). 

It has blood red flesh and juice and is a bit smaller than your typical orange.  The reason the flesh is red is due to anthocyanins, a family of antoixidant pigments.   Research in 2007 showed that this antioxdidant may possess analggesic properties in addition to neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities.

Anyways!  They orginiate from Sicily and contain approximately 28% of your RDA for vitamin C.  So what does all this mean?  Eat up!Image

  This fruit is in season now.  And if you miss it, it’s gone until next year!

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Have you tasted the succulent sweetness of a blood orange?  Tell others what you thought about it!

 

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About rmnvb1975

A modern day Cavewoman
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3 Responses to Blood Oranges

  1. You are so right (and wrong if you read on). When I grew up in Sweden I used to fight with my sister to get the blood orange among all the rest of yellow oranges (or should that be orange oranges). It was a real treat. But in Sicily it is the opposite as I learned when working in Italy. Blood orange is a mutation and frowned upon by Italians. They have tried to stamp it out from Sicily but without success and they couldn’t stop it from spreading. What an irony. And more so since their normal orange juice for sale is bright red. If through artificial colour or not I haven’t figured out yet.

  2. I stand to be corrected. My reference to the bad image of blood oranges in Sicily should have referred to the past. After some further reading I can see that blood oranges have been promoted to cult status also in Italy. Times are a’ hanging.

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