1/19/10

Blood oranges & How to segment citrus

Lately, I've seen abundance of blood oranges in several grocery stores. I wonder if the popularity of vampire movies, books, and TV shows has anything to do with it!? Regardless, I've always loved the bright red interior of blood oranges and the sligthly sour taste they have.

What's the deal with blood oranges? According to Wikipedia, they get their red color from "the presence of anthocyanin, a pigment common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits."


And what should you do with blood oranges? Well, I think you can use them in the same way you'd use the regular oranges or grapefruits.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
Beet, endive, grapefruit and blue cheese salad
Duck sausage salad with apples and oranges
Beet & orange salad with blue cheese and pecans


And finally, I thought I'd include a video of how to segment any citrus fruit. I made this video about 1.5 years ago with the help of my friends Jenn and Paige. Hope you like it!

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What are your favorite varieties of oranges or citrus in general? How do you incorporate oranges into your menu planning?

11 comments:

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Love the color of this orange but never tried specifically.

Orange juice is a full vitamin C supplement :)

Have a great week!

Gera

nicole said...

I watched your video when you posted earlier, and you make it look so easy!

I tried it on a nearly dead lemon yesterday and was surprised at how easy it actually was! I'll be sure to use this method the next time I have (edible) citrus fruit!

<3 <3

pigpigscorner said...

Love blood orange, the colour is so pretty!

Laura said...

Helpful video. Thanks!

Melissa said...

You have such a pretty voice! =) A little while back I had picked up some blood oranges while I was at the Asian Market, and I didn't really like them. I think it was probably because of the name and the way they looked.The whole "blood" thing grossed me out. Maybe I should try them again though. I don't think I will ever peel an orange again, slicing it looks way easier.

Junglefrog said...

Bloodoranges are not very common here actually although we do have them from time to time... The video doesn't work for some reason on my computer... :( Probably missing some software..

Lo said...

Love blood oranges, and I always make sure to buy at least one when they're in season. They're perfect in salads, since they add such a nice vibrant hue -- especially in the middle of winter!!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a gorgeous photo of the blood oranges!

Lisa said...

Blood oranges are so beautiful, so I love to use them in lieu of regular oranges in recipes calling for oranges. However, whenever I try to segment (or supreme)them, I butcher them..lol Your instructions are wonderful..and great vid!

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Really helpful video, thank you!

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