If you have ever cut open a blood orange and thought there was something wrong with your orange, consider it a health blessing in disguise because this special fruit has a number of powerful health benefits courtesy of its rich anthocyanin content – a powerful antioxidant. In fact blood orange extract has been shown to help reduce signs of ageing on the skin; reduced cellular damage and some early evidence in animal studies have shown beneficial effects for the liver. So next time you are choosing your fruit, don’t forget antioxidant rich blood oranges! Not only does it look stunning but the health benefits are amazing too.
Blood Orange and Fennel Salad
3 blood oranges
Extra virgin olive oil
1 large fennel bulb
Salt and pepper
1. Slice the fennel into thin strips, place into a bowl.
2. Peel three blood oranges right through to the juicy segments with a paring knife, making sure none of the white pith remains. Create blood orange ‘supremes’ by carefully cutting down both sides of each segment into the centre of the fruit.
3. Gently rinse segments in water and arrange them with the fennel strips. Drizzle with oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh fennel fronds.
Thank you to Redbelly Citrus for their delicious blood oranges. For more information on blood oranges, head to www.redbellycitrus.com.au