Beautiful Blood Orange

by Bonnie Jo Manion on March 5, 2014


A few years ago I planted a Moro Blood Orange tree, after making this gorgeous Blood Orange Upside Down Cake adapted from the March 2010 issue Bon Appetit. This recipe is simple to make, and calls for creating it in a skillet. Packed with flavor but not overly sweet, it is a perfect way to end a special meal this time of year.

From this recipe, I knew I needed to have fresh blood oranges from my garden every year. Besides the Moro Blood Orange there are two other blood orange varieties available, Sanguinelli and Tarocco.

For those of you in warm sunny climates that can grow citrus, citrus is ripe and readily available this time of year. Lush citrus, especially the blood orange, can awaken your senses and create instant festivity. Grapefruit, lemons, kumquats, and oranges to name a few citrus types can add surprise and zest appeal to many types of dishes and drinks.


Look how fabulous the Moro Blood Orange is as a juice, or perhaps a ruby garnish. What a great way to make winter vanish in a heartbeat. Blood oranges remind me too of this special time year–Mardi Gras Carnival with all of the hoopla and joyous celebration.

Recently, my husband John, and I had the opportunity to experience first hand the fun and excitement surrounding the celebration of the evening Carnival Parade in the streets of downtown Oranjestad, Aruba in the Dutch Carribean.

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Linda Cotov March 6, 2014 at 12:08 am

I love blood oranges – I have used them to make blood orange ricotta pound cakes -have you ever been to Temecula Olive Oil Co. In Solana Beach, I work there part time and we have an amazing blood orange olive oil -wish they were available all year!!


Bonnie Jo Manion March 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

Linda, blood orange ricotta sounds delicious! I have been to Temecula Olive Oil Co, and have my favorites. I’ll look for the Blood Orange next time. Thanks for your comment…Bonnie


karlin March 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

That Blood Orange Upside Down Cake looks divine. Yum!

Last year we moved to Central Florida and in our neighborhood there are a variety of Citrus trees, but so far I only have an Orange Tree. I do plan on buying more, i.e., Grapefruit, Lemon, and another Orange. They also grow Tangerines here.

Bonnie, I envy you your Blood Oranges, but I don’t know if they would survive here. It gets pretty cold and I lost my Pineapple Bush this winter.


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