Blood Oranges are low in Fat, Sodium-free, High in fiber, High in vitamin C, Cholesterol-free.
Sour varieties of oranges have been cultivated since well before the Middle Ages, the sweet ones appearing only in the 15th Century.
From Southern Asia, the orange spread to Syria, Persia, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and then on a voyage of Columbus, to the West Indies. Spanish explorers took it to Florida and Spanish missionaries took it to California.
The word "orange" stems from Arabic and Persian terms for the fruit.