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Blood Oranges [SD]

afinkle Dec 7, 2007 03:01 PM

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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    bernardorgarcia Mar 4, 2013 09:13 PM

    You may have found them by now, if not most of the farmers markerts have them. I los contact with him but there is a local grower somewher in North County.

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      jennywenny Dec 8, 2007 09:26 PM

      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.

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        Cathy Dec 8, 2007 06:49 AM

        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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          Alice Q Dec 8, 2007 03:24 PM

          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!

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            Cathy Dec 8, 2007 03:44 PM

            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...

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              rawfoodie Dec 8, 2007 05:01 PM

              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.

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          daantaat Dec 7, 2007 07:14 PM

          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. DiningDiva Dec 7, 2007 03:26 PM

            Windmill Farms in Del Cerro often has them.

            1. geekyfoodie Dec 7, 2007 03:04 PM

              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
                afinkle Dec 9, 2007 02:50 PM

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

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