The taste and smell of a blood orange is more like raspberries and are less acidic than oranges. The difference between the blood orange and the orange is the pigmented pulp of the blood orange, which is due to Anthocyanin, the same red flavonoid pigments that give blueberries their intense color and amazing antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect our bodies from the effects of free radicals which are unstable molecules that promote the development of many degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Other health benefits of the blood orange is the presence of Vitamin C and Folic Acid: Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, such as: Aiding in healing wounds, repairing free radical damage, boosts your immune system and plays a role in helping your body absorb iron. We humans do not produce Vitamin C and therefore it must be provided by our diet.
The blood orange is one of the few fruits that contain high amounts of Folic Acid, also known as Vitamin B9, which helps the body form white and red blood cells and helps fight against some cancers, heart disease and stroke.
When to buy and how to select: Unlike regular oranges, which are available year-round, blood oranges are only in season from December through May. Choose ones that are firm and heavy with no bruising for a juicier blood orange.