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General Produce

Citrus, Blood Oranges

Receiving Inspecting:

Blood oranges should be well-shaped, heavy for their size, and exhibit orange peels with red blush.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 41-42° F/5-6° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity

Maintain adequate air ventilation during storage. Keep cartons off the floor to help prevent dampening of boxes from condensation of moisture in the room. Store citrus away from foods with strong odors and ethylene-producing fruits.

Shelf-Life:
21 to 28 days.
Troubleshooting:

Pitted peel, discolored flesh, and mold are indications of improper storage temperature.

Usage Ideas:

  • Toss chopped romaine with blood orange sections, pistachios, and tangy feta cheese dressing.
  • Serve freshly squeezed blood orange juice for breakfast or in specialty cocktails.
Seasonal Availability:

Major production areas include California, Florida, Italy, and Spain.