Citrus fruits are one of the best things about winter, bringing vibrancy and their stores of Mediterranean summer sunshine to the gloom of winter. All our oranges come from a single grower in Sicily and his blood oranges are an absolute must try of the season.
When and where
Our orange grower is based in Scordia, in the Etna Valley in Sicily – one of the best citrus growing regions in the world. The mild winter climate, with warm and dry days, results in high sugar content and a bright colour, and is perfect for growing citrus.
Look and taste
Our blood oranges are the Moro variety. The uniqueness of this variety is in its powerful aromatic notes, with intense hints of berries, and a perfect balance between sweet and sour. The colour of the flesh is also very special, and it goes from blushed to deep red as the season progresses. These are oranges to eat with your eyes, too!
How to enjoy them
The Moro is mainly a juicing variety, but makes a fantastic cooking and eating orange as well. It is great added in salads, either juiced in dressings or in segments. In Sicily, it is traditionally combined with fennel and olives in a crisp and refreshing winter salad. Author of the best-selling cookbook, Persina, Sabrina Ghayour (follow her on Twitter: @SabrinaGhayour) likes to serve it with radicchio and pomegranate molasses for a Middle Eastern twist.
It is also perfect in juices and cocktails. It can of course be used in puddings for a new take on a flourless orange cake or to top a tart or custard.
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