The start of a new year always has me looking for blood oranges... The gorgeous, sweet, tangy fruit is available for a couple of months in the Rio Grande Valley "winter." As you'll see below, blood oranges are so versatile, lending themselves well to both sweet and savory applications. Their vibrant blood red color makes them a perfect addition to a special main dish, salad, dessert, or blood orange cocktail. Valentine's Day is just a month away, and I'm guess these 29 Breathtakingly Beautiful Blood Orange Recipes will provide plenty of inspiration for a romantic meal for two!
🍊 About Blood Oranges
The blood orange, with its signature blood-red flesh, is a natural mutation of a "regular" orange that may have originated in China or the southern Mediterranean. Their characteristic red color comes from anthocyanin (an anti-oxidant), which only develops when cold nights follow warm days. You're mostly likely to see them harvested - and in markets - during the winter months.
The three most common types of blood oranges are the Moro, the Sanguinello, and the Tarocco. They range from somewhat tart to somewhat sweet. They will also vary in the amount and intensity of red flesh. Some blood oranges have the red color appearing to seep through the skin, others do not. They can be difficult to peel, and I typically supreme them.
Are they healthy?
The short answer? YES! Blood oranges are full of anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigment that give grapes, tomatoes, and pomegranates their rich colors. These antioxidants are known for their cancer-fighting properties. They also offer anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Like other oranges, blood oranges are high in vitamin C, and regularly consuming vitamin C may help raise "good" cholesterol, and lower "bad" cholesterol. For more information, see Health Benefits of Blood Oranges and Blood Oranges: Change You Can Believe In.
When selecting blood oranges, look for unblemished, bright orange-colored fruit, some with an attractive rose-colored blush. The fruit should be heavy for its size and should emit a slightly sweet, floral fragrance.
Blood oranges can be stored on the counter for several days or in a refrigerator fruit bin for up to a week. For the best flavor, bring the fruit to room temperature before eating.
Okay. Enough small talk already. Let's take a look at these beautiful blood orange recipes... They are truly a feast for the eyes!