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March 24, 2021

This month the kids are learning about blood oranges. So we put together this list of helpful hints. Are you ready to get tang-y with us?

Did you know πŸ‘‡

What gives a Blood Orange it’s dark red color? The anthocyanins, which are phytochemicals that fight for your health, give it the red flesh color. The deep red color of the Blood Orange develops during the cold weather at night.

Blood Oranges originated in Sicily and Spain with 15 different varieties.

Nutrition TipπŸ‘‡

Citrus fruits, in general, are packed with Vitamin C, helping the body heal by supporting healthy skin, bones, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

One orange provides over 100% of your daily Vitamin C needs, in addition to being a good source of folate and an excellent source of fiber – just another reason to eat your fruits instead of drink them!

🍊 SeasonπŸ‘‡

Blood oranges are in season from December through May.

Shopping Tip πŸ‘‡

Choose blood oranges with thin peels that are heavy for their size – this is a sign of juiciness! Because they may cost more than other citrus, buy just one or two and serve alongside other less costly citrus fruits. Having a raspberry-like flavor, they pair well with leafy greens, as the sweetness balances the flavors. For a little variety, try citrus segments in your salad.

🍊 RecipeπŸ‘‡

Blood Orange Granita: Freeze the juice of 5 fresh Blood Oranges blended with ΒΌ cup of water and a teaspoon of honey for four hours in a sheet pan. Rake the mixture with a fork every hour until the texture is flaky like snow.

Thank you for joining us on this Orange-iffic lesson. If you would like to support our healthy eating program click the orange below. 🍊

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