Blood oranges look like an orange from the outside but have a blood-red hue inside... hence the name "blood orange." The dark red color is due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of pigments common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits. The color change occurs when the fruit develops with low temperatures during the night. It's a mutation of the sweet orange.
- Blood oranges have more anti-oxidants than other oranges because of the blood-red pigment
- Good source of vitamin C
- Contain 28% of the recommended daily amount of fiber
- Also a good source of calcium, folate and thiamine
The verdict? Good!
It was a little sweeter than an orange but still had a citrus flavor.
I'm excited to peel into my other two!