Blood Orange

Uniquely Flavourful

Blood Orange By Silentcynic (Own work) [CC BY 3.0]via Wikimedia Commons

Blood orange is a cultivar of Citrus sinensis. It has a blood-red colour of flesh and juice and is sweet and juicy. The colour comes from anthocyanin pigments, not carotene.

Anthocyanins are a family of antioxidant pigments common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits.

Blood oranges  are small to medium sized fruits with smooth to pitted skin, sometimes tinged red. The skin can be tougher and harder to peel than that of other oranges.

Blood oranges have a unique flavour and have been described as being distinctly raspberry-like in addition to the usual citrus notes.

The three most common cultivars of blood oranges are the Tarocco (native to Italy), the Sanguinello (native to Spain), and the Moro, the newest variety of the three. Others include: Washington Sanguine, Ruby Blood, Red Valencia, Burris blood Valencia orange and Maltese just to mention a few. Maltese is the sweetest.


Blood oranges are a source of vitamin C like all citrus fruits. They may also be juiced or eaten, made into marmalade or used in baking, making sorbet, gelato or salad.

Blood oranges are mostly imported from Mediterranean countries.
Season: March through May

Last Updated: February 1, 2018

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

10 thoughts

  1. I love how they look when cut in half! I find they need to be really ripe to develop that deep orange flavour. And you are right, they are not the easiest oranges to peel. They sure make a nice jelly! Suns out here but it’s cool weather and the weatherman is promising a big storm on its way to the Wales T coast! I’ve got lots of candles. I guess it’s time to put the patio furniture to bed for the winter! Sigh!! Cheers all.

    1. My patio furniture is still basking in the fall cold. We never really used them much this year. Summer was too hot. the blood oranges are great for garnish. I think I should add a photo of one cut in half. I hope the storm is not too bad. Take care, Sandy and lovely week to you!

  2. We have always wanted to try one of these but have a hard time finding them in our area. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. You know who loves these? Vampires – snorts with piggy laughter. Have an awesome day my friend

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