Season of the blood orange

Season of the blood orange

June 29, 2020 0

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges, better known as blood oranges, are a variety of the sweet orange. The most characteristic of this fruit is, above all, its red colour.

This red colour is found both in its pulp and in its rind. Its reddish tone is a consequence of the sudden changes in temperature that occur during the growth of the fruit.

Blood oranges have, in addition to their characteristic colour, other qualities that make them very appetizing; and it is the fact that they have few seeds and are very tender.

It should be noted its antioxidant properties, a rare quality in the citrus family.

These blood oranges have a more acidic flavour and a smaller size than the common orange, so they are perfect for making juices, jams, sorbets and are an excellent ingredient to add to salads.


Collect and season the blood orange

The optimal blood orange harvesting and consumption season ranges from December to May since during this time period the days are warm and the nights are colder.

On the other hand, the best time to consume these oranges is the month of March.

However, the harvest months do not always coincide in all the regions where blood orange is grown, as it depends on the area and the climate.

The farmer’s interests may also influence his appearance on the market; since they can sell or store them.

Above all, there is a factor that is essential to pick the seasonal blood oranges, the flavour.

A characteristic action that ensures the quality of blood orange is, before harvesting this fruit, to try out one directly from the tree to decide if it is time to collect them or not.


Seasonal harvest of blood oranges


Factors to consider in the optimal harvest of the season for blood orange

Do not pick up the blood orange when it is wet or damp: since if it is wet, the rind can easily break.

Remove the oranges with specific tools, since if done without them, a hole can be made in the orange, turning it into a centre of fungi.

Avoid hitting them because they lose liquid and end up rotting.


Collection of blood orange

The areas where these blood oranges are most cultivated are Italy due to the climate and Spain, specifically in the Valencian Community.

Only in the Valencian Community, they expect to collect in the 2019-2020 campaign, 2,973,740 tons of citrus.

The rains in August favoured the production of oranges, although there were also losses caused by the DANA and the effects of the storm Gloria.

On the other hand, the situation that we began to experience in March due to Covid-19 made the sale of these citrus fruits increase.

As for consuming countries, we find that Italy is the country that consumes the highest quantity of blood oranges.

In Spain people usually consume blood orange in haute cuisine, for this reason the price is higher because its cultivation is the same as that of common orange.


Benefits of consuming blood orange in season

Blood oranges have a high level of fibre and vitamin C, a vitamin that prevents constipation.

Among its many properties we find vitamin B9, a source of folic acid that protects against cardiovascular diseases, helps lower cholesterol, and increases the elasticity of blood vessels.

It also supports the production of collagen that stimulates the development of bones, skin and teeth.


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