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Bloody Brilliant: The Top Benefits of Blood Oranges

The Top Benefits of Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are extremely good for your health. How so? Read on to learn about the incredible unique benefits that blood oranges provide for your health!

Would you eat fruit with blood in the name? If not, you will miss out.

Though blood oranges have a mildly gruesome name, the fruit is anything but. If you've never tried one, try imagining what an orange crossed with a raspberry would taste like. 

Does that pique your interest?

It should...because this is a bloody brilliant fruit. Let's take a look at the health benefits of eating blood oranges.

Vitamin C

As a citrus fruit, you can expect that blood oranges have a healthy dose of vitamin C. Just 100 grams of the fruit (less than a typical sized blood orange) provides nearly 90% of the recommended daily intake.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is crucial for good health. The body can't manufacture it on its own, therefore you must get it from the food you eat. It's important for maintaining good gums, teeth, cartilage, and skin.

Vitamin C helps clear free radical damage from the body and reduces inflammation. The antioxidant is linked to a lower risk of several types of cancer. Additionally, it helps facilitate wound healing and much more. 

Anthocyanins

It's not likely that you woke up this morning and thought "I'd better start getting some more anthocyanins in my diet!" Regardless, this antioxidant that you probably know nothing about can do a lot for you.

Anthocyanins show up in various foods and are responsible for their color. They are what make blueberries that dark, luscious purple and give black plums their hue. They also give blood oranges that rich red color that makes them so bloody brilliant.

As an antioxidant, it packs a lot of health benefits for you. Anthocyanins have been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. They also lower cholesterol and help reduce oxidative damage in the blood vessels.

Folic Acid

Here's some more cancer-fighting power for you. Folic acid can help reduce the risk of some types of cancer as well as heart disease.

The body uses this vitamin to build new blood cells (that's apt!). Therefore many doctors recommend a higher dose for pregnant women as this can help prevent birth defects.

Calcium 

Calcium is extremely important for strong bones and teeth. If you think you may be at risk for osteoporosis as you age, start looking for more calcium as soon as possible. This will help prevent your bones from becoming brittle.

Blood oranges have far less calcium per fruit than they do Vitamin C. So don't count on them as your primary source of calcium. You'd have to eat quite a few per day to reach the recommended daily intake.

Benefits of Blood Oranges

In this article, we've outlined the basic health benefits of eating blood oranges. If you've never tried one, now is the time. Here are some delicious blood orange recipes to get you started!

Interested in growing your own tasty blood oranges? Check out our popular blood orange trees for sale right here at US Citrus!

Be sure to check out our citrus tree store for more exotic varieties. Receive fast-growing citrus trees delivered straight to your doorstep!

From Root to Fruit: How to Care for a Moro Blood Orange Tree

How to Care for a Moro Blood Orange Tree

Known for their distinctive, beautiful colors, blood oranges are a one of a kind citrus fruit. Learn how to care for a Moro Blood Orange tree below.

There's nothing quite like the surprise and delight you get when you cut into a blood orange. Slicing through a bright orange exterior to reveal deep, wine-colored flesh.

Citrus fruits are super healthy too, so they reward you with beauty and support your wellbeing!

If you're looking for a tasty variety that's fast-growing, then the Moro blood orange tree is the right choice for you.

Let's learn more about them and see just how easy it is to care for one.

What is a Moro Blood Orange Tree?

Moro is a very popular variety of blood orange tree, known for producing moderately sized fruit with particularly deep purple flesh.

They thrive in warm climates, typically enjoying temperatures between 55-85° F. They can also do well indoors, as long as they are not planted too close to windows. That's because the glass intensifies the suns rays and could scorch the leaves. 

They thrive in the US Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9-11 - roughly a sweep from North Carolina, all through the southern States and up as high as Washington State.

In a warm, dry climate like Southern California, it reaches ripeness between December and February.

Planting

When you buy your Moro blood orange tree, it will come with its rootstock wrapped in a hessian bag ready to be planted.

Planting considerations include timing and location, including growing a blood orange tree in a container. For best results, it should be planted by late March. This will ensure that frosts have passed. 

Blood orange trees hate to be planted in soil that can become waterlogged. Take care to prepare a well-draining soil mixture. Adding compost or peat moss to the soil prior to planting can help to keep it draining well.

Dig a hole sufficiently deep to cover the roots. However, take care that the hole is not too deep and that none of the trunk is under the soil. Then water it in, and keep watering over the next few days. 

Look out for signs of new growth that will indicate that it is settling in nicely into its new home. Regular watering, especially during hot spells, will keep it in top condition.

Feeding

To really do well, your Moro blood orange tree will appreciate a little extra help. 

This comes in the form of two types of feed. First of all, give it 1 cup of 21-0-0 ammonium sulfate each year. The formula is one cup of ammonium sulfate for every year of its life. 

Secondly, give it a phosphate boost every few years. Carefully follow the directions that come with the tree to get the balance right.

Caring

Blood orange tree care is actually kind of a doddle.

Beyond the obvious light pruning of weak and dead branches, it doesn't require a great deal of work. If you know that temperatures are going to drop below freezing, considering blanketing the tree.  

How to Care for a Moro Blood Orange Tree

Keep the soil well drained, give it plenty of water when it's hot and treat it to some regular feeding and you'll be well on your way to delicious blood oranges to eat and juice.

Feeling tempted?

Order your very own Moro blood orange tree today.