Spotlight on Blood Oranges
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Spotlight on Blood Oranges

Winter is prime time for blood oranges, the most famous of which is the arancia rosso di Sicilia, from Sicily, with the three main types all coming from Italy and Spain. What they have in common is red tinged flesh, from anthocyanins similar to the plant compounds found in the color of raspberries. Beautiful and delicious, blood oranges are an excellent addition to your winter fruit bowl!

Like traditional oranges, blood oranges provide vitamin C, up to 20% of your daily needs in one orange, 15% of folate needs, and fiber in the pulp. Blood orange skin can be slightly tough and harder to peel. Try slicing first, squeezing the juice to flavor water, or make ice cubes and enjoy them in mixed cocktails.

Try out this refreshing salad for lunch and enjoy the bright, sweet tang of blood oranges.

Minty Citrus Salad

Ingredients to serve two

½ bag or box of washed Spring Mix lettuces

2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced

3 dates, roughly chopped

2 tbsp goat cheese

1 tbsp slivered almonds

A handful of fresh mint leaves, washed

1 tbsp olive oil

Add greens, mint and orange slices to a salad bowl and toss. Sprinkle on dates, cheese, and almonds. Drizzle with the olive oil. Enjoy.