See also: Oranges; Citrus Fruit
The blood orange, with it's sweet, deep red colored flesh, was most likely the result of a mutation that occurred in 17th century Sicily. In most varieties of blood orange even the pulp and skin are slightly sweet, and not bitter.
The color of blood oranges is due to the pigment anthocyanin, not usually found in citrus fruit but common in other red fruits such as cherries and strawberries.
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