The distinctive red colouring of blood oranges is due to the presence of naturally occurring pigments called anthocyanins. Raspberries, blueberries and black rice are amongst the most common foods where we find anthocyanins .
They are very common to many flowers and fruits but just not in citrus. The flesh develops the red colouring when the fruits are subject to low night time temperatures. This is the same way that the skin of lemons turn from green to yellow. For this reason early season blood oranges can have quite low colouring although they are still technically blood oranges.
The ‘Sanguinello’ was discovered in Spain in 1929, has a reddish skin, few seeds, and a sweet and tender flesh. ‘Sanguinello’, the Sicilian late “full-blood” orange, is close in characteristics to the ‘Moro’
This powerful antioxidant mops up cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Since the most brightly colored foods are also the ones packed with the most cancer-fighting antioxidants, blood oranges are a powerhouse of nutrition
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