Blood Oranges, sometimes called Sicilian Oranges or Berry Oranges, are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. The Blood Orange is a seasonal orange variety that’s just beginning to arrive at Southern California Farmers’ Markets. Unlike other Oranges, Blood Oranges have flesh that is mostly a deep red in color, due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of antioxidant pigments that are common to many flowers, berries and other fruits, but uncommon in citrus fruits. Blood Oranges are typically smaller than other oranges, with rinds that vary between orange and deep red, depending on the variety. They have a distinctive flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of berries, and can be either sweet or tart, depending on the variety. They are delicious when eaten fresh, but can also be used in salads, desserts, juices, or even as a flavor enhancer for sodas and sorbets.
Price: $1 per pound.
Did you know: Blood Oranges require cool night temperatures in order to develop their characteristic deep red color. In the United States, they are mostly grown in Texas and California, and their season typically runs from December to May. Florida Orange Growers experimented with Blood Oranges but did not find great success with them due to a lack of cool (but not freezing) Fall and Winter nights.
Also in Season: 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 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 1515 Sixth Street in front of City Hall.
- 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.