Blood oranges are a variety of orange with a distinctive deep red flesh and a deliciously sweet taste. They typically have a short season, with the fruit being at their best at this time of year in the UK.
Like other oranges, blood oranges are rich in vitamin C, which has been linked with a range of health benefits including boosting immunity and reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. They are also a good source of folate (vitamin B9), calcium, vitamin A and dietary fibre. The characteristic colour of blood oranges brings additional benefits too. The dark red pigment is a natural plant compound called anthocyanin, a type of polyphenol, also found in so-called ‘superfruits’ like blueberries and pomegranates. Anthocyanins have antioxidant properties and other unique qualities which studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and enhance memory function.
Many of the beneficial compounds in oranges are concentrated in the pith and skin so be brave and give them a try too with our tasty recipe!
Blood orange crisps
- Line a baking tray with parchment. Warm an oven to 50-75 degrees (or use a dehydrator if you have one)
- Wash the skin of 2 blood oranges well
- Slice as thinly as possible into rounds, as displayed in the image above
- Place the orange slices onto the parchment and bake in the warm oven for 2-3 hours until the slices are crisp. Turn the slices half way through
- Enjoy as they are or try these:
- ½ dipped in melted dark chocolate
- Used as a cracker with a soft ripe cheese