Blood Orange (Citrus Sinensis)
Also known as “Tarocco” or “Moro”, or with the Spanish variants “Doble Fina” or “Sanguinello”, the Blood Orange owes its name to the typical blood-red colour of its pulp. If the tree is grown near the Tropics, its oranges get a green colour and a mild flavour (slightly sour).
USES AND FUN FACTS
This tree has a dense growth habit, its subglobose, oval, oblate fruits are orange and its pulp is crimson red, sometimes purplish. Its faint spines are quite flexible and usually found at the intersection of the leaf and the stem. Its leaves are medium-sized, with an acuminate apex, a rounded base and dentate margins (sometimes slightly dentate). The petiole is slightly winged and jointed both to the leaf limb and to the twig junction. The Blood Orange flowers are perfumed and middle-sized, they can either be single or grouped in axillary bunches.
We recommend to shelter the Blood Orange in winter, with temperatures below 0 °C.