The blood orange is juicy, sweet and have a dark red interior and are slightly less acidic than regular table oranges. That has been popular for numerous years in Europe. It has now gained popularity in the US, and there are blood orange crops grown in Florida and San Diego.
The exterior of the fresh blood orange is a rose-tinted orange color.
Depending upon variety, the skin color may be lighter or darker. The surprise comes when one cut open the orange to reveal its pink to dark crimson flesh.
There are several varieties of the blood oranges we sell online. These are the Tarocco, the Sanguinello, and the Moro. Of these, the Tarocco has the great popularity in Europe and is grown primarily in Italy. It may not always have the highest red coloring, however, and some Tarocco blood oranges resemble more traditional oranges. However, in taste the Tarocco is often considered superior to the other varieties.
The Sanguinello is grown in Spain, and is an almost seedless variety. It tends to have a deeper red color. The Moro is most commonly grown in the US and tends to have the darkest flesh. If one is really going for that deep crimson in juices or dishes prepared with the blood orange, the Moro blood orange is the best choice for the American people.
The coloring of the blood orange differs from the typical orange because it has an additional pigment called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can be found in purple and red flowers, and other fruits.
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