Get to know the fruit!
These colorful fruits came to America in the 1930’s via Spanish and Italian immigrants. They originate from
The heavier the orange, the better.
A deep red skin does not mean the color of the juice/flesh inside will also be red. Deep red skin simply indicates the fruit is ripe.
Some types available to us are Cara Cara and my favorite, Moro. I find Moro to always hold the deepest red hues. Unfortunately, the Moro’s lifespan is about 2 months shorter than that of other blood oranges.
Identify! Blood oranges are slightly sweeter than regular oranges; they contain less acidity. They are small-medium size.
The distinctive red juice comes from a high volume of pigment called anthocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are believed to be responsible for cancer and other ailments.
The juice is ideal for making dressing, mixed drinks, purees, base for sauces, cheesecake, etc. Keep in mind to wear gloves when juicing by hand, unless you appreciate red toned skin!