Southern California’s annual crop of Blood Oranges are already arriving at the Coachella Valley’s Certified Farmers’ Markets, and the reception, as always, is quite enthusiastic. Blood Oranges, so-called because they contain an abundance of the red pigment, anthocyanin, are quite tasty; sweet and tart, with a somewhat berry-like flavor. They are also quite nutritious – even more so than regular oranges – because the anthocyanin they contain is a powerful antioxidant. When added to the Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Folic Acid, thiamine, and fiber that are present in all oranges, the natural bioflavinoid, anthocyanin, gives Blood Oranges additional anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent cancer, diabetes, bacterial infections, reduce the risk of heart disease, and prevent LDL cholesterol accumulation. That’s a pretty powerful punch of nutrition - all contained in a tiny fruit with only eighty calories and tons of delicious flavor!
Did You Know: The anthocyanin in Blood Oranges only develops when nighttime temperatures grow cool in the Fall and Winter. Blood Oranges grown in South Florida’s warmer climate often have no red pigment at all, and look and taste exactly like regular oranges.
Price: Blood Oranges - $ 1.50 a pound; Blood Orange Juice - $3/pint, $5/quart, $9/half gallon
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth Street.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.