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Winter Fruit: Blood Oranges

In Season: Blood Oranges

During shorter days, I look forward to locating pomegranates and persimmons, like I do cherries and plums during Summer. But, more than any other, the cold-weather clincher that draws me in every Winter is the blood orange. Find out why they're so great — and how to enjoy them — when you read more.

Blood oranges are to standard oranges what Meyer lemons are to regular lemons. They're sweeter and less acidic, with more floral notes. The skins of these fruits, which grow in the Mediterranean and southwestern United States, have a twinge of blush, and slicing one open reveals a color that's anywhere from pink to a True Blood- and Twilight-esque vampy red.

Depending on variety, these puppies are at their peak anywhere from December to May. When selecting, don't worry about external blemishes; instead, pick blood oranges that are firm and heavy for their size. They'll last a couple of days at room temperature — but up to two weeks in the fridge. In addition to being a treat to eat on their own, these wintertime jewels are fun to experiment with in the kitchen. A few ideas:

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How do you use blood oranges?

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doublechocolate doublechocolate 7 years
I love blood oranges! I just tried Viovi blood orange juice I found at the grocery store, kinda expensive, but sooo good :)
Pampire Pampire 7 years
Ooh I love blood oranges, but sadly they are hard to find around here. :(
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Yum. That means the Italian Blood Orange sodas are now in stock.
lauren lauren 7 years
Oh, I love blood oranges!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I want to try these, but I can never find them. They sell them at the grocery store I shop at, but they only have a small number of them and they're almost always already sold out when I get there to buy them. I wish we had a TJs near me. I'd totally pick some up!
nikkeeb nikkeeb 7 years
ALWAYS wondered about these but never ventured to try - now i'll have to! :)
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
They were at Trader Joes yesterday, but I for some reason always thought they were sour... will definitely pick this up the next time I go.
Meearya Meearya 7 years
I'm not a big fan of most citrus fruits, but I love blood oranges. One perk to cold, dreary, short days are finding these in the store! I cut into one this morning & was so happy to see the deep, dark red middle!
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