I was so excited to receive blood oranges in my CSA box this week! I have seen a few recipes that use blood oranges circulating around different food blogs, but had never actually tried a blood orange myself. I was finally able to make these blood orange chocolate chip muffins. White on Rice Couple topped their muffins with an orange sugar glaze. I omitted it this time to avoid the extra sugar, but will probably add it next time I make the muffins for even more blood orange flavor. To make the glaze, heat 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup blood orange juice in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Pour the glaze over warm muffins, the tops poked with toothpicks.
The blood orange is a type of orange common to the Mediterranean region, especially Sicily and Spain. The deep maroon interior, produced by the antioxidant anthocyanin, develops when the fruit is exposed to low temperatures. The rind may also have a reddish hue. The flavor is a bit more tart compared to other oranges. Peak season in the United States lasts from December to March. Italy and Spain grow a large percentage of blood oranges and California is the top American producer. Blood oranges are similar to other oranges in nutritional value, with more anthocyanin and vitamin C.
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