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Harvested our first Blood Orange

I harvested our first ripe blood orange the other day, oh boy was that good! I planted three trees three years ago and I'm sure they will provide plenty fruit in the years to come. Here is some more information about blood oranges: What is a blood orange? As its name suggests, this orange is red in color, sometimes in splotches on the outside but definitely on the inside. The concentration of the red inside depends on the particular type of orange and growing conditions. When you squeeze it, you really get a glimpse of the blood reference as the juice will resemble more that of a cranberry than an orange. Where does the red color come from? Blood oranges are “bloody” from a pigment called anthocyanin, which is widely found in the plant kingdom and can appear red as in cherries and red cabbage to blue as in blueberries and cornflowers or even purple as in pansies and eggplants (aubergines). Anthocyanin is reported to have many health benefits as it is a powerful antioxidant that can slow or prevent the growth of cancer cells–and even kill them. Moreover blood oranges contain high amounts of Vitamin C (up to 130% of recommended daily amount), potassium, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and even fiber. Oranges and their juice can also help prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol as well as lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cataracts. Where do blood oranges come from? The blood orange originated in Sicily and Spain and varieties include Tarocco, Moro (or Morro), and Sanguinello (or Sanguigno). In fact you may hear the term “Sicilian Blood Oranges” even though they are grown in other parts of the [...]

By | 2015-07-04T19:37:52+00:00 July 4th, 2015|Farming, Food|0 Comments

Vegetables to plant in October

October - Western Cape - South Africa Much the same as September except that you can now sow with much more confidence directly outside and transplant seedlings outside without the worry of frost. This is such a great month full of action in the garden! Artichoke, Asparagus Beans, Beetroot, Butternut Cardoon, Carrots, Celery, Chilis, Cucumber Eggplant Fennel Gooseberry Lettuce Melon Onion, Oriental Greens Pac Choy, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin Radish, Rocket Salsify, Spinach, Spring Onion, Squash, Swiss Chard Watermelon Zucchini (Marrows)

By | 2018-03-11T11:49:06+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Farming, Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vegetables to plant in September

September - Western Cape - South Africa Artichoke, Asparagus Beans, Beetroot, Butternut Cardoon, Carrots, Celery, Chilis, Cucumber Eggplant Fennel Gooseberry Lettuce Melon Onion, Oriental Greens Pac Choy, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin Radish, Rocket Salsify, Spinach, Spring Onion, Squash, Swiss Chard Watermelon Zucchini (Marrows)

By | 2018-03-11T11:49:10+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Farming, Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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