Citrus aurantium var. sinensis
Citrus aurantium var. dulcis
In Europe, citrus fruits, were introduced to Italy by the crusaders in the 11th century. The Blood orange is a variety of orange which has a deep red coloured flesh.
The fruit peel of the blood orange contains a number of nutrients including citrus bioflavonoids and the distinctive dark pigments of the flesh contain anthocyanins, a source of antioxidants.