Blood oranges get sweeter when ripened on the tree, which balances out the extra tartness this variety tends to have compared to other oranges.
When are blood oranges in season?
Different varieties of oranges are in-season at different times of the year, so you can always find at least one kind of fresh orange any day of the year. Blood oranges are in season in winter and early spring, from about December through April.
How to pick:
A blood orange that is heavy for its size will be juicier.
How to store:
They can be left on the counter for a few days, or in the fridge for 2 weeks.
Should I buy organic?
The non-organic health risk is low for the interior. However if you’re using the zest, play it safe and go organic.
Consumer reports published an interactive infographic based on EPA pesticide tests. They tested the edible portions (for citrus, this did not include the peel), for the toxicity of each pesticide present and the amount of each pesticide. This was then turned into a report that showed the amount of servings needed to eat in a day to exceed the EPA’s levels of “reasonable certainty of no harm” to your health. “Low” levels are close to organic levels.
Now what should I make?
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Blood orange recipes
Each recipe below only uses ingredients that are in season at the same time as blood oranges, or ingredients that have a year-round season. Since their season overlaps with the beginning or end of other fruits and vegetables, the recipes are grouped into early season, late season, or anytime they are available.