Blood Orange Health Benefits, Nutrition and Fruit Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Blood Oranges

  • Anthocyanins

    The main health advantage of a blood orange is it contains an abundance of anthocyanins. These useful compounds give the fruit a red pigmentation. Anthocyanins function as anti-inflammatory agents. They are excellent in protecting you against bacterial infections, diabetes and cancer as well as preventing heart disease.
  • Vitamin C

    Blood oranges are rich in essential vitamin C or ascorbic acid. This potent antioxidant vitamin aids in healing wound, repairing body's tissues and contributing to healthy gums. Studies have proven that foods high in vitamin C help improve the body's immune system. A strong immune system is important as it is able to fight off various common diseases and protect your overall wellbeing.
  • Vitamin A

    The citrus fruit is also loaded with vitamin A, another vitamin that is vital to your body. Vitamin A is great particularly in maintaining a healthy retina and promoting a better vision in general. It is also a nutrient that is significant to keep mucus membranes and your skin healthy.
  • Folate

    Packed with folate or vitamin B9, blood oranges are beneficial to pregnant women as they reduce the risk of birth defects. The vitamin is capable of providing protection to cervix cell DNA, thereby lowering the risk of cervix cancer.
  • Calcium

    This nutritious citrus fruit is a good source of calcium. Calcium is an important mineral needed by the body to maintain strong bones and teeth. Scientific studies also relate calcium to weight loss. According to the reports, 3 to 4 servings of high-calcium foods help adjust the fat-burning machinery in your body.
  • Vitamin P

    Blood oranges are also full of vitamin P. Laboratory tests have proven the effectiveness of the vitamin in lowering levels of cholesterol in human body and regulating blood pressure.
  • Limonoids

    Besides the many health facts mentioned above, blood oranges contain substantial amount of powerful compounds known as limonoids. Limonoids assist in fighting breast cancer. They are also a natural remedy to malaria. 

Facts about Blood Oranges

Fresh Sliced Blood Orange

A blood orange (scientific name Citrus sinensis) has been well-known since many years ago in Europe and has now gained popularity elsewhere. The rind of a blood orange is normally deep orange in color. The color may be darker or lighter depending on the cultivar, while the flesh has the color of pink to dark crimson. 

Blood Orange Varieties

  • Tarocco -- most popular in Europe and is cultivated mainly in Italy. It is usually regarded as superior to various other varieties.
  • Sanguinello -- cultivated in Spain, and is nearly seedless. It normally has a deeper red color.
  • Moro -- typically cultivated in the United States. It has the darkest flesh. It is ideal for those who would like to prepare deep crimson juices, or use blood orange in their dishes.

Peak growing season for Tarocco is from January to May and for Moro is from December to March. Just a bit of history -- as the blood orange tree can produce leaves, flowers and fruit simultaneously, the citrus fruit has long been related to fertility. 

Blood Orange Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Value of 1 Medium Blood Orange (154 g)
Calories 80 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 21 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Sugars 14 g
Protein 1 g


Blood Orange Recipe

Blood Orange Cocktail Drink Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons Brandy
  • 4 teaspoons triple sec
  • Dash of cocktail bitters


  1. Place your cocktail glass in the fridge to chill. Mix the blood orange juice, Brandy, triple sec, and cocktail bitters in a special ice filled cocktail shaker. Continuously shake it for 15 seconds, then strain into the chilled glass. 

Blood Orange Side Effects

There are no known side effects of eating fresh blood oranges.

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