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Air-Flown Fresh Sicilian Blood Oranges (Tarocco)

The sweetest of all

The sweet¬≠est of all oranges, the Taroc¬≠co Sicil¬≠ian Blood Oranges are the most pop¬≠u¬≠lar table orange in all of Italy for a reason.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

Medi¬≠um-sized, with thin orange skin, the Taroc¬≠co Sicil¬≠ian Blood Oranges are con¬≠sid¬≠ered ‚Äč‚Äúhalf-blood‚ÄĚ because of the irreg¬≠u¬≠lar¬≠i¬≠ty in coloring.

The Taroc¬≠co vari¬≠ety is the sweet¬≠est and most fla¬≠vor¬≠ful of the blood oranges. And it also has the high¬≠est con¬≠tent of Vit¬≠a¬≠min C of any orange vari¬≠ety in the world. This is pri¬≠mar¬≠i¬≠ly due to the fer¬≠tile soil around Mount Etna in east¬≠ern Sici¬≠ly, where these oranges originate.

Also called the ‚Äč‚Äúqueen of oranges,‚ÄĚ and the ‚Äč‚Äúred gold of Sici¬≠ly,‚ÄĚ this is the most pop¬≠u¬≠lar orange in Italy.

PREPA­RA­TION AND PAIRINGS

This Italy cit¬≠rus mar¬≠vel is seed¬≠less and easy to peel, mak¬≠ing it a per¬≠fect snack on its own.

Of course, there are var¬≠i¬≠ous ways to use it. Try an Ital¬≠ian clas¬≠sic: the tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al Sicil¬≠ian orange sal¬≠ad. It‚Äôs light, easy, and com¬≠plete¬≠ly deli¬≠cious. Arrange some orange slices on a plate, with some olives, onions, and pars¬≠ley. Sea¬≠son with some salt and pep¬≠per. Driz¬≠zle with some olive oil, and serve.

You can even try your hand at dessert. Make a blood orange and pros¬≠ec¬≠co jel¬≠ly. Or a cit¬≠rus tart using Taroc¬≠co blood oranges.

A PLEAS­ANT SURPRISE

A pop¬≠u¬≠lar sto¬≠ry sur¬≠round¬≠ing the ori¬≠gins of the name of the Taroc¬≠co Sicil¬≠ian Blood Oranges is that ‚Äč‚ÄúTaroc¬≠co!‚ÄĚ was an expres¬≠sion of sur¬≠prise a farmer yelled out when he was pre¬≠sent¬≠ed by the fruit.

So pop¬≠u¬≠lar and loved is this cit¬≠rus that every last week of Feb¬≠ru¬≠ary, when orange pro¬≠duc¬≠tion is at its peak, the town of Palag¬≠o¬≠nia cel¬≠e¬≠brates the Blood Orange Fes¬≠ti¬≠val. All through the town, you can sam¬≠ple var¬≠i¬≠ous dish¬≠es made from this cit¬≠rus, as well as all sorts of drink.

Storage Instructions

Blood Oranges require well-ven¬≠ti¬≠lat¬≠ed stor¬≠age and cool tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠tures away from direct sun¬≠light. You can place them on the counter or table in a wire or wood¬≠en bas¬≠ket. Don‚Äôt use a sealed con¬≠tain¬≠er, as this can has¬≠ten the spoil¬≠ing process. At room tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture, they will last up to 3 days. If you decide to store your fruit in the fridge, place them in the crisper, with or with¬≠out a mesh bag. They‚Äôll keep for up to two weeks.

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