Blood Oranges – their beautiful deep red color makes it one of my favorite citrus fruits. The blood orange Pelligrino was my favorite drink (that can has 32 g of sugar, damn!). My stepfather Dominic grew up growing and eating blood oranges in the hills of his hometown in Sicily, so he buys them every year. Food is funny in the way that it connects history, health, emotion and visual beauty together.
Aside from the blood orange being beautiful, it also has incredible health benefits too, so it’s worth switching blood oranges for your tangerines on occasion. They contain:
- Anthocyanins – Blood oranges have that deep red bloody color because of their highe concentration of this flavonoid, higher than all other orange types (kinda sounds like something Trump would say). This anti-oxidant helps inhibit cancer cell growth, induces programmed cell death (our bodies way of removing precancerous cells rather than supporting them), and helps protect cells from mutating.
- Vitamin a – Blood oranges of course have a provitamin a, beta carotene that supports the reproductive and immune systems, cell function, and vision.
- Vitamin c - which stimulates the production of collagen, supports the immune system, increases iron absorption, and it’s necessary for cartilage and muscles. One blood orange has 66 mg, almost 100% daily value of Vitamin C.
Clearly, these fruits are amazing. You can eat them straight, add to a salad, or smoothie, blend with coconut milk and make popsicles.. or juice them.
One of my favorite ways to consume blood orange is squeezing it into sparkling water, the better version of San Pellegrino arancia rossa 😊.
Diversity of color in your diet is so important, not only for the body, but the mind too. Don’t we all feel better when we consume something thoughtful and beautiful? You deserve pretty food!