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Dec 7, 2007 03:01 PM

Blood Oranges [SD]

Has anyone seen blood oranges around san diego yet? I bet whole foods has them, but I am hoping not to pay $10/lb for them. Preferably an asian or mexican market (for the better price)...


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  1. I've seen them at the Hillcrest farmer's market on Sundays.

    I'll keep an eye out on my next Ranch 99 trip and re-post if I see anything.

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    1. re: geekyfoodie

      Not at Ranch 99 (yet). They did have these green oranges though...

    2. Windmill Farms in Del Cerro often has them.

      1. Trader Joe's carries them periodically. I haven't looked for them yet this year but will post if I see them.

        And yes, Whole Foods carries them.

        I can't recall seeing them at Ranch 99. Blood oranges aren't a typical Asian eating fruit.

        1. If they are in the smaller, local markets then they have to come from somebody's yard. The blood oranges on my trees are not ready yet.

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          1. re: Cathy

            I planted a blood orange tree in our yard last year, but unfortunately it's only about 3 feet tall. If I'd known how slow they grow I would have bought larger ones!

            1. re: Alice Q

              It could be a dwarf, but it still takes about 3 years to produce fruit. Be patient. One day, you will tire of squeezing five oranges for each of you...daily...for weeks on end. However, you will never have scurvy.

              Know that the best way to "store" citrus is to leave it on the tree until you need it. So, when you see an over-fruited tree in your neighborhood, they may not be letting it all go bad (although it is a lot of trouble to get those from up high off the tree)...and if someone offers you any kind of citrus, take as many as you can, juice them and freeze it flat in Zip Loc bags...

              1. re: Cathy

                Yes, and the longer it stays on the tree, the sweeter it gets. Shake a fully-laden tree to get the ripest fruit--they will fall off. Citrus needs a lot of water to grow and produce, so San Diego's citrus trees should see a growth spurt after all this rain.

          2. Someone was asking the farmer when I was buying stuff at the farmers market and he said that february is the time for blood oranges.