Blood oranges, a nutrient-rich variety
Everyone knows that oranges, and citrus fruits in general, are rich in vitamin C and that they are a panacea for our bodies, especially during the winter, to improve our immune systems and protect us from colds and flu.
However, not everyone knows that among the different types of oranges, there is one variety in particular, called Tarocco, which is characterised by a high nutrient density.
Tarocco oranges differ from other varieties in the presence of certain micronutrients that are not found in other citrus fruits.
A mix of vitamins and minerals, consisting of Vitamin C, A, B, K and PP, as well as Folic Acid, Calcium and Beta-carotene makes this citrus fruit unique. In addition, the Tarocco orange has a vitamin C content of up to 40%, which is higher than in other citrus fruits.
These fruits also contain anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments that give the typical red colour to the flesh of Tarocco oranges, which are commonly called blood oranges.
For these reasons and more, blood oranges are undoubtedly one of the healthiest citrus fruits.
The Tarocco orange has a vitamin C content of up to 40%, which is higher than other citrus fruits.
Why choose Tarocco oranges?
This variety of blood orange is distinguished, above all, by its excellent antioxidant properties due, in addition to its high vitamin C content, to the presence of cyanidin, a pigment that gives the pulp its classic reddish colour and has many beneficial functions.
The red colouring of the pulp is linked to the territory where the Tarocco orange is grown. This variety, together with Moro and Sanguinello, two other oranges with red pulps, is typical of the province of Catania, located south of Etna.
The volcano creates a micro climate characterised by a considerable difference in temperature between day and night.
The pulp of the oranges turns red precisely because of their anthocyanin content, which is a response to the strong contrast between the mild daytime temperatures and the cool nights in Etna. This is not just a special aesthetic aspect, but these substances have many beneficial properties.
Anthocyanins have a powerful anti-inflammatory function, but they also help to control cholesterol, protect blood vessels and improve gastric health.
These antioxidants also help prevent premature ageing, caused by stress, pollution and bad habits, and the development of degenerative diseases.
The presence of vitamin K helps to control blood pressure levels, while citric acid is an excellent aid in preventing kidney stones.
The fibres present in the pulp of blood oranges help to regulate intestinal functioning by reducing the absorption of sugars.
In fact, Tarocco oranges are an ideal fruit for those with diabetes or on a controlled diet.
Pregnant women should also consume blood oranges: the high content of folic acid contributes to general wellbeing and helps prevent possible development problems in the foetus.
A glass of 3moretti blood orange juice a day is enough to enjoy all the benefits of this citrus fruit, credit for whose special features is owed to Etna.
An original way to enjoy this variety of orange, however, is to add a few slices to a mixed or fruit salad or to enjoy them thinly sliced and dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon.