S A N G U I G N O B L O O D O R A N G E
The Sanguigno is a large, egg-shaped variety of blood orange. It was discovered in Spain in 1929. It has few seeds and exceptionally sweet flesh.
The Blood orange is a variety with crimson-colored flesh. It is smaller, slightly bitter and less acidic than Navel oranges. The ‘Mediterranean’ temperature variation between day and night seems to be necessary to develop the distinctive red color in the fruits – blood oranges grown in places like Florida often have little to no red pigmentation.
The orange is the ancient hybrid between the pomelo and tangerine. It is botanically considered a berry due to its multiple seeds, soft flesh and its derivation from a single ovary. There are many varieties of orange trees producing many types of fruit that range in flavor from sweet to sour.
Oranges are eaten raw after their thick bitter rind has been peeled off. There is also a thin white membrane between the flesh and the thick outer rind which contains a large amount of Vitamin C and fiber.
H E A L T H B E N E F I T S
Oranges are well-known for their immunity-building benefits but are also good for the heart, for lowering cholesterol, and for improving circulation. Orange oil pressed from the rind has been found to have anti-cancer properties as well as is a powerful natural cleanser and disinfectant.
H I S T O R Y
The Blood orange originated in Sicily, where citrus fruits have been cultivated since the time of the Moors. Oranges themselves originated in Southeast Asia. The first oranges brought to Europe were Persian oranges, which were very bitter. They were introduced to Italy in the 11th century. These were quickly replaced by Sweet oranges, which were brought to Europe from India in the 15th century by Portuguese traders. Today sweet oranges are now the most common type grown.
S E L E C T I O N & S T O R I N G
Ripe Blood oranges are firm and yield a bit of oil and juice when pierced. They taste best at room temperature and if at the peak of ripeness can last quite a while without refrigeration.
P R E P T I P S
This Blood orange variety has a delicious juice, which can be used as a cocktail ingredient. The oranges can also be used to create marmalade, gelato and Italian sodas.
R E C I P E S
Blood Orange Sorbet • Blood Orange Petit Fours • Blood Orange Cheesecake • Mixed Baby Beet Salad with Blood Oranges, Shaved Fennel, and Chevrot Cheese • Thinly Sliced Beets with Blood Oranges and Watercress • Blood Orange and Pummelo Marmalade • Rice Pudding Tarts with Blood Oranges • Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives • Bloody (Orange) Marys • Blood Orange Jelly with Brandied Whipped Cream • Blood Orange Tart with Orange Caramel Sauce • Blood Orange Panna Cotta • Pomegranate, Beet, and Blood Orange Salad • Blood Orange Sorbet Recipe • Blood Orange Gin Sparkler
A D D I T I O N A L I N F O
Blood Orange on Wikipedia • Orange Nutrition Info