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Blood Oranges

With great pleasure this spring we introduce you to the blood orange.

They are an exotic, versatile and mysterious citrus fruit that is only available in Australia for a short period of time from August to October, so you will have to be quick.

The blood orange has a distinctive dark crimson red pigment to its flesh and rind. It has a unique, intense sweet yet tart blend of raspberry and citrus flavours.

They are less acidic, smaller, contain a thinner skin, minimal seeds, softer flesh, heavier?in weight and the pink juice is among the characteristics different to the normal orange.

This heavenly citrus is best grown in a Mediterranean climate where there are hot dry conditions during the day and cool temperatures at night. This allows the distinctive flesh to develop.

The majority of the world's blood oranges come from Italy and Spain. In Australia they are primarily grown commercially in South Australia and the Riverina area.

They have a limited season due to the difficulty in creating the right climate to mature perfectly. There are three main varieties include Tarocco, Sanguinello and Moro.

In recent years an Australian variety called Arnold has been created in South Australia?by a gentleman named Mike Arnold, who modified the Moro variety to suit the Australian milder winter climate and the increased demand in the Australian market.

Blood oranges are exceptionally good for you when consumed in moderation. They contain a high source of vitamin C (more than the RDI), vitamin A, folate, thiamine, beta-carotene, dietary fibre and antioxidants.

They are a opulent fruit with a uniquely sweet taste and texture that may be enjoyed on their own or as an important and wonderful addition for all gourmet enthusiasts to liven up any meal.

This unique flavour is excellent in salads, desserts, cocktails, sorbets and jams or to create distinctive vinaigrette dressing to make any salad a sensation.

There are an abundance of traditional and modern recipes available for the mysterious blood orange.

If they are not already on your shopping list this spring we encourage you to look out for them and to indulge yourself in the fruit of royalty while they are still in season!

Blood Orange Cocktail

1 Take a couple of freshly squeezed blood oranges.

2 Add half a lime freshly squeezed.

4 And a nip of Cointreau.

5 Add plenty of ice and fresh mint.

6 Garnish with slices of blood orange and fresh fruit.

7 Give it a stir and serve.

Please Drink Responsibly.

Last modified on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:44

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