Benefits of Blood Oranges

Though their name may be a bit gruesome, blood oranges are among the tastiest and prettiest varieties of orange. Rather than the typical orange color of the flesh inside, blood oranges are dark red, making for striking additions to salads, desserts or your favorite citrus recipe.

But beyond the beauty of blood oranges is something that is even more special. The pigment that makes blood oranges red is an antioxidant called anthocyanin. Usually, this antioxidant is found in red or purple fruits and vegetables; it is normally not found in citrus. The presence of anthocyanin means the blood orange has more benefits than another variety of orange. This antioxidant can help diminish the risk of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and LDL cholesterol build up. Plus, like any other variety, oranges are chock full of Vitamin C, potassium, and several other important vitamins and minerals.

Toward the end of next week, FruitShare™ will be shipping blood oranges from Helene in Fallbrook, California. The blood oranges will be part of our mixed in-season box, and they will be accompanied by a group of delicious, healthy citrus, including tangerines, kumquats, Navel and Cara Cara oranges, lemons and limes. Order yours today to begin receiving all of the health benefits that these tasty citrus fruits have to offer.

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