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Facts about the Blood Orange Tree - Types and Health Benefits

Updated on June 4, 2019
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A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

 Blood Orange Tree
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The Blood Orange tree is a unique variation of the citrus family. This fruit is characterized by the blood red color of the fruit pulp.

Blood Orange is a hybrid of the citrus fruits, Citrus maxima (pomelo) and Citrus tangerina (tangerine) variety.

The Blood Orange variety of Citrus fruits first appeared in Europe in 1850.

The Blood Orange Tree

Blood Orange is a small flowering evergreen tree that grows to about 30 feet in height. They grow well in temperatures between 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

These trees need to be frequently watered. The soil should be wet and not flooded with water. Over watering, these trees will have a negative effect on the growth of the tree.

The deep red color in Blood Orange fruit is because of the anthocyanin color pigments present in the fruit (the anthocyanin pigments are water-soluble pigments that are red, purple or blue in color).

These pigments are flavonoids that protect the body against diseases and infections.

Types of Blood Oranges

There are three common types of Blood Oranges - Moro, Tarocco, and the Sanguinello.

Moro - The Moro variety of blood oranges is round and are found in bundles on trees.The peel of the Moro has a crimson purple tinge. The inner pulp of this fruit is the reddest when compared to other varieties of blood oranges. It has a unique and refreshing taste.

The Moro variety of blood oranges is the most common in the United States.

Tarocco - Tarocco is the most popular variety of blood oranges. The skin is very thin and easy to peel. The fruit is very sweet and juicy. The Tarocco oranges have the maximum vitamin C content.

This fruit variety is seedless and is a medium to a large. The skin of the Tarocco is a yellowish orange in color.

Sanguinello - The Sanguinello variety is very sweet and has very few seeds. The skin is yellowish red in color, and the pulp of the Sanguinello is blood red in color.

Deep Red Slices
Deep Red Slices | Source

The Anti-aging Blood Orange

Blood Oranges are good for health. They contain antioxidants, folates, vitamin C, anthocyanins, calcium, vitamin A and other minerals.

These oranges have the highest level of vitamin C as compared to other orange varieties.

Health Benefits of Blood Oranges

  • Vitamin C helps to protect tissues in the body from damages
  • Anthocyanins in Blood Oranges helps to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and keeps the blood vessels healthy
  • Vitamin A helps to improve the immunity of the body system and is essential for clear vision
  • Calcium helps to strengthen the bones
  • Good source of fiber and has three grams of fiber per orange.
  • Folates or vitamin B9 is essential for the proper growth of the fetus in the early stages in pregnant women

The Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice

The Italian Volcano Blood Orange juice is made from three varieties of Blood Oranges found close to Mt. Etna in Italy. The rich soil of the volcanic region makes the land fertile and the best place to grow Blood Oranges.

The Italian Volcano Blood Orange juice has no dyes or preservatives. This juice is flash pasteurized and this process makes them last longer.

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Daisy Mariposa thank you and am glad you understood.

      Audrey Howitt thank you.

      rebeccamealey thank you.

      CraftytotheCore thank you, they are delicious!

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      7 years ago

      Someone visiting brought blood oranges one time. They are really delicious.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am glad to learn about the blood orange and its wonderful health benefits. Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Such a good article! Thank you!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nithya (Vellur),

      Thanks for publishing this very informative article. It helped me to understand why my physician suggested I take a Citrus Bergamot supplement.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      MrsBrownParlour thank you, blood oranges are good for health.

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      7 years ago

      I love blood oranges! Very interesting article, thank you. :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Peggy W thank you. Yes it looks delicious!! Thank you for the votes and the pin.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed learning about the blood orange tree and the health benefits from consuming the fruit. That video with the tart looks fantastic! Up, useful and interesting votes and will pin to my tree board on Pinterest.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you for stopping by. These oranges are unique and good for health.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      We get these once in a while around here. They have a good taste and it is nice to know they are so good for your body. Thanks for the history and background on this orange.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Mike Robbers they are good for health and the taste differs depending on the variety!! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mike Robbers 

      7 years ago from London

      They have a strong taste but I like them a lot. Nice hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      girishpuri happy that you came to know about this fruit, thank you for stopping by.

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      Girish puri 

      7 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I have never heard about this fruit, an addition to my knowledge, thanks Vellur

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      DDE you must try them, thank you for reading.

      dreamseeker2 thank you for reading, much appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      Useful and interesting...had to be voted up. : )

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Unique and well informed, I have seen these oranges and had never tired it now I know more about this wonder fruit.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for stopping by, do try one. Am glad you liked it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      Wow, I will look for these too. The Granita video was fun and informative, looks like a delicious and fun treat; will look for that better sweetener too. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      idigwebsite the taste depends upon the variety of the blood oranges. Thank you for reading and the vote up.

      midget38 go ahead and eat one!! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      This is closer to the grapefruit than orange, I imagine, but they are all citrus fruits!! Now I'm in the mood for one!

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      7 years ago from United States

      This is a fascinating fruit, I've never tasted a blood orange before. So, about the taste, is there any difference? is it sweeter, or more sour than the usual oranges I eat?

      Thanks for a great hub you presented. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Mhatter99 awesome then you can have them daily for breakfast or any other meal!! Thank you for stopping by.

      rajan jolly thank you for reading and for the vote, much appreciated.

      unknown spy yes do eat one it is good for health, thank you for stopping by.

      Rosemay50 thank you for reading, do try them. They are good for health and you can use them to bake or in any sweet dish!!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An excellent informational hub. I have seen threm but never actually tried one, so it's probably time I did. :))

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      im going to find a blood orange fruit..never seen one before.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This fruit is new to me but I can see it is an amazing fruit. thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this info. These oranges are abundant in SF.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Pavlo Badovsky thank you for stopping by and for the share.

      Eiddwen thank you for reading and the appreciation.

      always exploring it is available in US. This tree grows in warm climates and cannot stand the cold or heavy snow fall.

      Ruchira yes blood oranges are great for health, thank you for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from United States

      I have not heard about these oranges. The benefits look interesting, nithya.

      Will look around here...thanks!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never heard of blood orange trees. Will they grow in southern Illinois? I have never seen the juice anywhere, but i will look, sounds very healthy..Thank you...

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      7 years ago from Wales

      So well informed and interesting. Thanks for the great lesson and I look forward to so many more.


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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I liked it. It is sold in Ukraine. Interesting hub. Shared

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc you will get it in stores in USA. Thank you for reading.

      Faith Reaper yes they are available in US. Thank you for your votes and share.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, I've never heard of the blood orange. Are they sold everywhere, as I live in southern USA? If I can find them, I will surely try them!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the information. I've never heard of the blood orange; now I'll have to look for it in the stores.


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