Greetings and Volcano Oranges

Hi. This is a blog about fruit, written by me and my girlfriend. We started it a long time ago, but it never really took off. This is an attempt to revive it. I’m an amateur fruit enthusiast, but I’d like to eventually turn my love of fruit into some sort of career. If you have any input about the content of this blog, please let us know!

I’ve been on a citrus kick lately, so I’d like to write about a couple of recent acquisitions. Please excuse the lack of photos (I will start including them regularly once things get rolling — this is a post from memory). I recently came across a bag of “volcano oranges” in the local Wegman’s, which are so-called because they are grown in volcanic soil in Sicily. They are a type of blood orange, which are favorites of mine due to their deep, complex flavor and attractive colors. My best guess is that these oranges were of the Tarocco variety (there are three types of blood orange, two from Italy and one from Spain).

The first thing I noticed while inspecting various bags of volcano oranges was that all the oranges seemed a bit too soft — I tend to gravitate toward firmer citrus, and if these were a more common variety of orange, I probably would have passed on them. However, my interest was piqued and I couldn’t resist picking up a bag.

Outwardly resembling “normal” oranges, these volcano oranges had multi-colored flesh, usually half orange and half red (another variety I’ve had, Moro, are uniformly red, sometimes even crimson or practically black) . The red parts were sweeter and more flavorful, and very, very delicious. The softness I had detected before from the outside was one of the orange’s greatest assets: their soft, delicate flesh really made them some of the easiest and most enjoyable citrus fruit to eat. The flavor was luxuriant and complex, with just the right amount of gentle tartness, mellow sweetness, and vivid citrus-ocity.

At this point, I must admit that, though I LOVE a good orange, I rarely buy them myself. It’s a lame excuse, but they’re too common to excite me, usually. Not only that, but I find their quality to be a bit inconsistent, at least here in the States (European fruit seems to be of a generally higher quality). These volcano oranges, however, are the most delicious and high quality orange I’ve ever tried; I recommend them whole-heartedly.

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