Citrus Sinensis

Fruit Spotlight -

Blood Orange

These sweet treats hold a special place in our heart over other respectable citrus' varieties. The flavor of a blood orange doesn’t stray too far from the notes that we love in citrus, but kissed with a rich cherry like flavor that personifies the summer that resides inside the Winter harvest.


Why are Blood Oranges red?

The red color of Blood Oranges is due to a family of antioxidant pigments called Anthocyanin common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus. This is the same compound responsible for the red inside cherries, tomatoes, and flowers. While the body only retains 5% of Anthocyanin consumed, even this small amount exceptionally increases the amount of antioxidants present in blood by boosting uric acid.


The Cherry - Blood Orange Connection

Anthocyanin is naturally produced as a response to cold, and cherries need hundreds of hours of cold to develop properly. You can identify a frosted blood orange because so much of the pigment is produced it will develop in the peel of the orange. The farmiest way to check the status of a coming cherry season? Look to your Blood Oranges.

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Waxy Citrus

Waxy Citrus, and apples for that matter, are an absurd dynamic of every day fruit purchasing at the grocery store or in super markets. The wax will preserve the exterior of the fruit and hide the signs that produce pickers use to find good fruit. Some waxes are even scented!

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Blood Oranges are not GMOs

We don’t grow any varieties of GMO, that alone shows that Blood Oranges are naturally occurring, but let’s get more specific. The orange itself is a production from Pumelos and Tangerines, meaning that the orange has the capacity to develop the same color disparities as a ruby red Grapefruit. This is how we get the pink Cara Cara orange!

Blood Oranges are originally from Italy.

Most good blood orange recipes will hail from Italy, because they’ve been using them in cooking and snacking for years. This amazing blood orange soda is absolutely amazing. Check out the recipe down below!

Sanguinelli Blood Oranges

All about Sanguinelli:

  • Egg shaped with dimpled skin.

  • Antioxidants

  • Perfect for those with complex pallets

Sanguinelli on average tend to have the highest levels of active antioxidants of the big three varieties. It’s constantly remarked as being the highest acidity of all three, which accounts for its longer shelf life. For those that enjoy plums and a more complex citrus experience, the Sanguinelli is great. It’s common to see these with some coloring on the skin.

Tarocco Blood Oranges

The Total Tarocco

  • Globular shape with smooth skin.

  • Highest Vitamin C

  • Really Sweet.

The Tarocco can often be sweeter than an average orange. They tend not to generate a darker skin like other varieties of Blood Orange, because it’s double bred with natural oranges. The big deal with Tarocco is the double hit of antioxidants and enormous levels of Vitamin C.


Morro Blood Oranges

Major Morro Info

  • Rough dimpled skin with dark blush.

  • More pigment than most varieties

  • Thick spongy skin

The Morro is unique in that it pours a pretty significant amount of its pigment into it’s spongy edible skin. The morro is prone to bruising because of it’s soft rind, but this fact makes it perfect for intentional bruising and candying of the delicious multicolord exterior.

It’s Healthy, So What?

Just like sweet oranges, blood oranges are rich in vitamin C (or ascorbic acid). A study conducted in Turkey concluded that the vitamin C content in blood oranges ranges from 32 to 42 mg per 100 ml (3.4 fl oz). The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is about 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. This means that consuming merely 3.4 fl oz of blood orange juice would fulfill almost 40% of the vitamin C needed for a day! 

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Dopamine (Happy stuff)

Dopamine is the quintessential feeling chemical. It helps our cells tell our brain integral information. Without dopamine, we would never feel joy.

Antioxidants (Healthy Stuff)

Antioxidants are pretty rad, actually. They fly through your body destroying cells that cause cancer, riding motorcycles and leather jackets. We’re not actually sure about that last part, but we’re confident some scientist could ruin that image for us.


(Pretty stuff)

Vitamin C encourages collagen production, That’s hair, bones, skin, teeth, fingernails and a ton of other stuff.

Your body has built in beauty services, and Collagen is the building blocks your body uses to make you look crisp.


(Energy Stuff)

Vitamin C is necessary for the production of Tyrosine. That’s necessary for your Thyroid, Pituitary glands and Adrenal Glands.

The Thyroid helps you use the fat stored in your body and the adrenal glands and pituitary glands play integral roles in stress management.

The Best Time to Pick

You can come out to the Big Red Barn and pick a pretty good variety of citrus like Blood Oranges, Grapefruit, Pumellos and Buddha’s Hand! It’s a no brainer to come out during our Christmas On The Farm event and enjoy all the other fun that we’ve got going on!

We hope to see you at the #BRB!

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Blood Orange Bonus Facts

It’s time for everyone’s favorite show on the internet, Blood Orange Bonus Facts.

Well isn’t that fancy.

The Morro Blood orange was called the “Sanguinelli Moscato” in reference to the brighter notes to be found in Moscato wine.

Blood, Royal Blood.

There are tons of blood oranges in Renaissance paintings. The citrus was a sign of wealth, and symbolized royal heritage.


The Tarocco Blood Orange is said to get it’s name from the exclamation of the person who first saw the blood orange harvested by a farmer. Tarocco is slang for Liar, or fraud!

There’s also a band called “Blood Orange”.

What do you think?

Blood Orange Recipes

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Blood Orange Trifles

Sweet Dried Blood Oranges

Blood Orange Croissants