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What is a blood orange?

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A blood orange is smaller than a regular orange and features a sweeter flesh that ranges in color from maroon to blood red. Blood oranges come primarily from Mediterranean climates. California and southern Italy are major producers.

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What is a blood orange?
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Blood oranges typically look like regular oranges, but the skin can sometimes have a reddish blush. The fruit gets its color from anthocyanin, a chemical that develops in citrus fruits that experience warm days and cool nights. The season for blood oranges is December through March. Blood oranges are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of vitamin C and fiber which helps to lower cholesterol.

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