Tarocco Blood Oranges
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The Tarocco blood orange is a medium to large sized, sweet orange variety. It is globular in shape with a semi-thick, yellow-orange peel that gently clings to its flesh. The juicy flesh is nearly seedless or seedless with bright, sweet, flavor and aromatics. The Tarocco blood orange coloring is deep ruby red.
The first Tarocco blood orange tree was introduced to the United States in 1880 where it was naturalized in Florida. The trees also flourish in the coastal citrus growing regions of California. Without chilly winters, Tarocco blood oranges cannot achieve their distinctive deep red flesh coloring. The Tarocco blood orange's distinctive pigment is due to the presence of anthocyanin, which creates deep red hues in plants. It is the same natural compound found in pomegranates, which share blood orange's trademark coloring.