Citrus Season

 πŸ“· : @lizpeartree

 πŸ“· : @lizpeartree

I know it's citrus season in California when I have more Meyer lemons, Key limes, and Valencia oranges than I know what to do with. But the one fruit that I cannot seem to get enough of is the blood orange. πŸ‹πŸŠπŸ‹πŸŠπŸ‹ So what makes this fruit so covetable? Could it be the different flavor profileβ€”with what some say are raspberry notes in addition to the citrus? 

No no. It's the anthocyaninsβ€”a family of antioxidant pigments which give the blood orange it's deep red/purple hue. Anthocyanins are also what gives the deciduous trees their characteristic red, purple, and gold colors. πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

Also, the blood orange produces the anthocyanins after a cold snap. This is very similar to leaves turning color when the seasons change. So the next time you eat a blood orange, will you think about the fall?

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