Just look at this beauty. A special treat during the winter months, blood oranges sport a blush hued skin and have brilliant reddish flesh. Available from December – March, they are tart and sweet and have long been associated with fertility. When shopping, pick ones that are firm to touch and heavy for their size. Blood oranges will last only a few days at room temperature but keep up to two weeks in the fridge.
Though I think blood oranges are best eaten out of hand, they can also be tossed in salads (think bitter greens with shrimp and fennel), made into marmalade and sauces, or featured in baked goods. Like all oranges, blood oranges are stocked with antioxidants and vitamin C, and is a good source of fiber. Find them while you can.