5 facts about blood oranges you probably didn’t know

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5 facts about blood oranges you probably didn’t know

Have you spotted blood oranges on Woolworths shelves? Wondering what to make with them? What do they taste like, and how do they get that striking red colour? Read on for the answers to all your questions about blood oranges.


At first glance, you may think these ruby beauties are regular oranges – but once you slice through the skin, you’ll be wowed by the crimson colour of the citrus flesh. If you’ve seen these on Woolworths shelves and want to know more, we’ve got you covered.

1. What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges are a citrus fruit – like the regular oranges that you’re familiar with – but with a natural mutation that results in a red colour.

2. How do blood oranges get their colour?

Blood oranges derive their colour from a pigment called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin develops when the citrus fruit ripens during warm days tempered with cooler nights. It starts along the peel and slowly permeates its way into the flesh. This is why some oranges are more ruby-coloured while others are subtly streaked with red.

3. When are blood oranges available?

Blood oranges grow in the coldest winter months. They’re available on Woolworths shelves for a limited time only – from 22 August to 22 September.

4. What do blood oranges taste like?

Blood oranges are slightly more tart than regular oranges, with lingering floral notes. They’re also sweeter, with less acidity. Many people compare the taste to a cross between raspberry and orange. Top tip: to get the most juice from a blood orange, chill for a few minutes prior to squeezing.

5. What can I make with blood oranges?

So much! Use them as you would oranges – they’re a fabulous addition to desserts, cocktails (blood orange French 75, anyone?) and even salads.

Get the recipe for charred blood orange and mozzarella salad here. 

Don’t delay! Woolworths’ blood oranges are available on shelf for a limited time. Make the most of this season by adding the crimson-coloured citrus to salads, bakes, roasts and cocktails. 

Shop blood oranges at Woolworths here.

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