Blood Oranges:  Dracula's Favorite Winter Treat

Blood oranges are in season from December to May.  They grow in temperate climates, needing warm days and cool nights.  In the United States , most are grown in California, but some in Florida and Texas.  They are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean Region, being a natural hybrid of a pummelo and a tangerine.  They taste similar to oranges, but with a slightly sweeter, tartness.

What makes it so red? 

The red color comes from pigments called Anthocyanins.  These pigments give plants red, blue and purple colors.  They may prevent cancer, heart disease and eye disorders.  These phytochemicals are unique to the blood oranges and are not found in traditional oranges.

Blood Oranges Contain a Ton of Fiber

Blood oranges are high in fiber.  One medium sizes orange contains about twenty eight percent of your daily intake.  Fiber aids digestion and helps prevent heart disease and diabetes.

So check them out this winter, put them on a salad, in salsa, or enjoy some freshly squeezed blood orange juice!