Blood orange is a little rare to find. Blood orange is less acidic and has a nice berry aroma, probably due to its different phytochemical make-up.
How is blood orange different from other citrus fruits in terms of nutrients?
Nutritional Benefits Of Blood Orange
Is a phytonutrient and an amazing antioxidant that gives blood orange the deep crimson color. It is also the same antioxidant that is found in blueberries. Antioxidants protect our bodies from the attack of free radicals and
Blood oranges are found to be supercharged with vitamin C – possibly up to 40% more than a regular orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is necessary for the healing and repair of our body tissues.
Together with the increased amount of this vitamin, our Creator has also packaged an increased amount of bioflavonoids that are necessary for boosting the efficacy of vitamin C in this fruit, making it a super immunity booster food.
Folate (Vitamin B9):
Blood orange is one of the very few fruits that contain high amount of folate that helps the body form white and red blood cells. It is also necessary for the formation of DNA and protein metabolism.
A deficiency in folate increases the risks of cancer, heart diseases and stroke.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Blood Orange Juice
These few super nutrients make blood orange a that is highly nutritious and healing. Some of the health benefits of drinking blood orange juice:
- Improves vision health
- Improves mental performance
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Regulates cholesterol levels
- Prevents the development of chronic diseases
- Prevents premature aging of the skin
- Anti-UV radiation
- Inhibits tumor growth
- Stimulates collagen production
- Maintenance of gums, bones, teeth, nails and skin health
- Reduces the risks of certain cancers
- And many more!
How to Buy and Store
Blood orange season begins in December and lasts through April. When purchasing, look for bright orange-colored fruit with a slight rose colored blush. Choose oranges that are firm and heavy for size. Blood oranges like other oranges can be stored at room temperature for several days or in a refrigerator fruit bin for up to a week. For the best flavor, bring the fruit to room temperature before eating.
How to Use
It’s best to eat blood oranges whole instead of drinking blood orange juice. Whole oranges are richer in dietary fiber than juice, and the juicing process drastically reduces the antioxidant qualities of anthocyanins found in the whole fruit. Blood oranges are easy to peel and section and have few if any seeds.
Wisk in salad dressing
Squeeze the juice of one blood orange, whisk with Dijon mustard, honey, and olive oil.
Use them in baking
Prepare a low fat crust filled with homemade vanilla pudding and blood orange slices.
Combine them in a salad
Combine with roasted cubed beets, a tad of goat cheese and fresh mixed greens topped with toasted pistachios for a lovely salad.
Make fresh juice
Drinking fresh blood orange juice has been shown to help improve vision, lower cholesterol, slow skin aging and more.
Basically, you can use blood oranges in any recipe that calls for Navel oranges.
Just peel, juice and serve chilled. Enjoy!
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