Moro Blood Orange Tree Information and Care
The Moro Blood orange is either native to the southern Mediterranean in Sicily, Italy or China.
Use in Culinary
Blood orange can be used to create marmalade and zest used for baking. Make a winter salad mixed with sliced bulb fennel and olive oil. Blood orange are also used to create gelato, sorbet, and soda’s in Italy. It is also popular in vinaigrette-style dressings, and to flavor some micro beers.
Blood oranges are healthy, and a great source of vitamin C, like all citrus fruits. Also a valuable source of dietary fiber, calcium, thiamine, and folate. Studies in mice show anthocranins of the ‘Moro’ may be able prevent or improve a fatty liver.
The distinct maroon color comes from anthocyanin pigments. These develop when temperatures are low during winter nights. Blood oranges grown in the United States are in season from December to March (Texas), and from November to May (California).
Blood orange trees grow as moderate size evergreen plants that bear citrus fruits and can be kept as large shrubs. They grow and are can be kept 5 to 15 feet tall, but can become larger. Orange trees grow in full sun and well draining slightly acidic soils. Use high quality organic mix with washed sand and small amount of citrus food fertilizer for good soil structure, proper nutrition to have nice growth and good fruit production for plentiful harvests. Water newly planted trees once or twice per week (1-2x/week) deeply.