Fit Facts: Blood oranges are known as the anti-aging orange. The wonderful properties of anthocyanin have been shown to decrease the risk of certain cancers, lower cholesterol, is an anti-inflammatory helping the body to heal, and also decreases the risk of heart disease. This powerful antioxidant combined with the other nutritional elements of blood oranges, including Folic acid, an abundance of Vitamin C, Fiber, Calcium, Thiamin and Vitamin A, makes blood oranges a tasty and healthy addition to everyone’s daily diet.
When to buy: Late December – early May. Blood Oranges are a winter fruit. When selecting, purchase oranges that are without bruises or cuts and that feel heavy in your hand. Some varieties of blood oranges have a red pigmented skin, don’t be afraid of this, this is natural and delicious.
The Organic Choice: The amount of pesticides used on citrus fruits is truly disgusting and you should always buy organic. In California alone, 6 million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on oranges in just 1 year! While the majority of the pesticide ends up in the rind of the orange, it is still imperative to buy organic and tastes much better too.
Organic Cocktails Recipes: Blood Orange Margarita