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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!

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3 Best Recipes Involving Blood Oranges

3 Best Recipes with Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are delicious on their own or as ingredients in other dishes. Here are some of the top blood orange recipes to try, including drinks and food!

Did you know blood oranges have flavors of raspberry hints and citrus notes?

Do you have a bunch of blood oranges and are wondering what to do with them? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over some simple and fun recipes to try.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Recipes for Blood Oranges

Blood oranges have been popular in Italy and Spain for centuries. They are now cultivated in the US. Look for blood oranges at your grocery store from December to May. The Moro variety is available from December to March.

Make a Blood Orange Drink

You can make a delicious drink with vodka and blood-orange juice. You’ll need flaky sea salt, two lime slices, ice, and three tablespoons of fresh blood-orange juice.

Make sure you have one twist from the peel to use as a garnish. You’ll also want two tablespoons of tomato juice and one and a half ounces of tequila.

Run the cut side of one of your lime slices around the rim of your glass. Dip the rim in salt and then fill it with ice.

Add your tequila and juices. Drop a few dashes of hot sauce and stir once. Garnish with your twist, lime slices, and a bit of black pepper. Check out these other tasty citrus cocktails.

Blood Orange Fish

For this dish, you’ll need one chopped blood orange, half a cup of cubed avocado, and a third cup of chopped red onion.

Mince two teaspoons of red jalapeno and squeeze two teaspoons of fresh lime juice. You’ll also need two teaspoons of olive oil and two six ounce mahi-mahi fillets.

Add avocado, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and oranges to a bowl. Stir to blend and season the salsa with salt. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle your fish with pepper and salt. Add the fish to the skillet. Saute until cooked through and brown, around five minutes for each side. Place your fillets on two plates. Spoon your salsa over the fish and serve.

Blood Orange Chicken

For this dish, you’ll need four boneless skinless chicken breasts. Halve all four. Juice two blood oranges and mince half an onion. Chop three cloves of garlic and juice three more blood oranges.

Set aside three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter. You'll also need three-quarter cups of chicken stock. Chop one teaspoon of fresh parsley and set aside three tablespoons of dry white wine.

In a baking dish, sprinkle the juice of two blood oranges over chicken. Marinate for 24 hours. Drain and discard the unused marinade. Pour the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with pepper and salt.

Brown chicken on both sides. It will take around four minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Melt butter in a cleaned skillet over medium heat and add your onion and garlic. This will take around five minutes. Stir in juice of three blood oranges, white wine, parsley, and chicken stock. Bring this mixture to a boil.

Return chicken breasts to the skillet and lower the heat. Simmer until it’s no longer pink inside. This could take up to seven minutes. Plate your chicken and drizzle the pan juice over the meat. 

Want to Learn More?

We hope you found these recipes for blood oranges helpful. Have fun making some flavorful dishes with your blood oranges.

Want to learn more? Consider purchasing your own blood orange tree.