Name (common): Blood orange
Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
Synonyms: Red orange
Blood oranges have deep crimson coloured flesh, which is due to the presence of certain anthocyanins. The production of the most common types of blood oranges is concentrated in Sicily, Italy. The environmental conditions here are thought to be ideal, also the antioxidant content is thought to act as natural protection against the climatic extremes in the area around Mt Etna, where these blood orange varieties grow.
Functions and general science:
Like all citrus fruits, blood oranges are a good source of vitamin C. They have a strong antioxidant effect, due to the presence of anthocyanins, which may help to protect skin from ageing induced by environmental factors such as sun exposure.
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