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Blood Lust

March 23, 2012 - 9:58pm
Chris S

The most popular orange in Italy, the blood orange or arancia rossa is also a favorite at the Little Italy Mercato and you’ll find them at Lone Oak, Gilbert Quintos, Schaner farms, Rancho Mexico Lindo and Polito Family Farms this time of year.

Blood oranges have a reddish tint on their peel, but it is the bright crimson flesh inside that gives the fruit its frightening moniker.  The flavor is a sweet-tart sensation with a hint of raspberry, and it adds an attractive splash of color to many sweet and savory dishes. Toss blood orange sections with your favorite greens (we like dandelion leaves from JR Organics), fresh chevre from Nicolau Farms and a little basil; dress with blood orange vinaigrette, of course, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Italianissimo.

Mix blood oranges with fresh fish from Poppa’s Seafood and cilantro and onion from your favorite farmers for a spectacular ceviche.  Use them to pep up any fruit punch or sangria, or substitute them for other citrus in your favorite pie or  tart recipe to make a striking desert presentation. We like this amazing almond tarte with blood orange compote. If you have an ice cream maker, blood orange sorbet is an exquisite treat not to be missed.  Blood oranges ripen only in the spring, so don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy them; pick some up at the Little Italy Mercato this Saturday!