Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blood Orange versus Orange-Orange

I love all types of oranges in general but blood oranges especially. They're distict color and bitter fruity taste are unique from an "orange" orange, so they really only share a smillar texture.(At least I think so) They aren't available year round so look out for them at your farmers markets and grab them while they are in season!

There are three types of Blood Oranges that are popular from where they are grown. The Tarocco is grown throughout Europe but mostly used in Italy. The Sanguinello is from Spain, and the Moro is what is grown in the US. These three types vary by rind color, seeds, size, and taste. MMM I just got sidetracked. "blood orange-cello"

Anyway, blood oranges like most citrus have a good amount of Vitamin C, fiber, iron and calcium. Because blood oranges are a dark fruit, they are an antioxidant. They also reduce risk of heart disease, some cancers, and lower high cholesterol.

When I think of blood oranges I think of Di Dio's Italian Ice in Santa Monica. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/di-dios-italian-ice-santa-monica) They're Blood Orange ice is incredible. I don't know much how they make it, but its worth a try if your in the neighborhood. Really! I haven't tried anything like it.
I also don't really have a recipe of my own for this ingredient because I like it all by itself! It is a perfect treat!
I did grab this recipe when doing some research though

Blood Orange Fennel Salad
1-2 blood oranges cut
1 "orange" orange also cut
1 fennel bulb chopped
olive oil

Toss this salad together for a light (on the oliveoil) spring salad! If you want more Blood Orange to this, try juicing it instead of "orange" orange juice for a Mimosa! YUM!

(this entry might sound crazy-I'm tired so goodnight!)

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