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Aug 31, 2012 10:15 AM

Blood Oranges


My parents are visiting me , they are from India.

My dad is very fond fruits and he likes to try different variety therefore I would like to procure some blood oranges so that he can experience them.

please let me know where I can find some blood oranges.

thank you


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  1. I picked up a few at Vicente Foods in Brentwood. This was 2 days ago.

    1. Take him to a California Rare Fruit Growers meeting!

      1. Been seeing blood oranges trickle in at the local Farmers Markets. I don't know if it's practical for you to do so, but visiting the the larger FMs (Santa Monica on Arizona Ave on Wednesdays, lesser on Saturdays, Hollywood on Ivar on Sundays) would probably be memorable for your father. He obviously won't see what we'd consider to be exotic relative to South and Southeast Asia, but he'd get a very solid idea of what is locally grown in Southern and Central California.

        chewbacca's idea is great. A friend is a member of the Ca Rare Fruit Growers and they cover the spectrum of fruits.

        David Karp is a noted (probably the most noted) fruit expert and is based here in the LA area. You might want to follow him as well, reason being he is a.k.a, "The Fruit Detective." He usually appears in the LA and NY Times, as well as Saveur and Gourmet mazagines.

        1. I don't think it i citrus season right now... but how about some figs?

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          1. re: jaykayen

            There's always some citrus available. Bernard Ranch (various farmers' markets) has Valencia oranges these days, some grapefruit, and they usually have limes and lemons. They don't get their blood oranges until the winter, though.

            1. re: Jack Flash

              I'd check around on the blood oranges if I were the OP. Not saying that they're prime time right now, but I did see some at both the saturday Santa Monica FM on Arizona last weekend, and also at the Mar Vista FM two sundays ago. I believe it was the "Tarocco" variety. At the same time, I'd hope the OP gives his father a heads-up that prime time for the vast majority of citrus is winter through early spring.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                The blood oranges on my tree are still small and green. January and February.

                1. re: ozhead

                  Yes, mine, too. Some tropical fruit growers MAY have things now or in another month but probably nothing like the abundance in India.

                  1. re: OCEllen

                    Saw blood oranges again today at Vicente Foods in Brentwood. They are from Australia and quite juicy. I basically use them in sauces.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      They're certainly in season down there at the moment!

          2. Blood oranges really aren't in season yet so anything you buy will be imported or sub-standard. But some of the grocery stores like Gelsons or Bristol Farms probably have them out of season. Why not take him to one of the better farmers market to buy some really good in season fruit?