Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cool temperatures give blood oranges their rosy blush, flavor.(Food)

Byline: New Mexico's Own PATRICIA AARON For the Journal

Q: What kind of orange is a blood orange? Also, how do I select the sweetest grapefruit?

A: Varieties of oranges are generally divided into two classifications, sweet and sour. The largest quantities available are sweet oranges such as Blood oranges, Valencias and navel oranges.

Blood oranges are among the most popular fruits in Europe. Their red pigmentation is dependent upon cool temperatures, which deepen the color.

They have a characteristic depth of flavor, whether brilliantly colored or not. At their peak, blood oranges have a vivid sugar-acid balance that produces a robust, winy flavor with a raspberry aftertaste.

Valencias are known as eating and juice oranges. …

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