Natoora guest post: Pink is my favourite orange

Some truly fantastic pink produce is now in season, bringing a bright note to the grey winter days: pastel-coloured pink radicchio, vibrant forced rhubarb, blushed garlic from Lautrec… The newest entry is perhaps the most interesting: ever heard of pink oranges?

Image of Natoora pink oranges at Ocado

We source them from a citrus grower, Carmelo, with whom we have a long-established relationship. His farm is based in Scordia, near the Sicilian town of Catania – widely known as one of the best citrus growing regions in the world. There the microclimate provided by the volcano of Mount Etna, with warm days and cool nights throughout the whole winter, gives way to some excellent citrus.

Carmelo’s are simply the best we have ever tasted. His family has been growing outstanding citrus fruits for generations, and we started to work with him for the consistent quality he produces, as well as for a common interest in innovation. Pink oranges are his latest, fantastic discovery – one that we fell in love with at first bite.

A cross between a navel orange and a grapefruit, pink oranges combine a lightly acidic kick with a delicious, sweet juiciness and an easy-to-peel unwaxed skin. They are delightful simply juiced, but they also make for a fantastic alternative to more common oranges in most recipes.

Try them in a colourful seasonal salad with thinly sliced fennel and olives…

Image of Pink Oranges and Fennel Salad

Or in a medley of oranges for a new take on the classic marmalade.

Natoora marmalade recipe at Ocado

Of course, they work great in most citrus-based desserts, like a moist and decadent Flourless Orange Almond Cake

Natoora Flourless Orange Almond Cake recipe at Ocado

…or a dense, crumbly Polenta Upside Down Orange Cake.

Image of Natoora Orange Polenta Upside Down Cake recipe at Ocado

Enjoy!

Katherine from Natoora