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Everything you need to know about dried blood orange

Everything you need to know about dried blood orange

Published on July 10, 2020

Dried fruits are so trendy these days. They are delicious, long-lasting, and easily usable. Moreover, they carry all the benefits of their fresh types. Dried orange is one of the most well-known dried fruits.

They are sliced oranges that have been dehydrated and turned into a crispy snack. Dried blood oranges are more popular than the commonly dried oranges, mostly because of their crimson look and unique flavor. Follow this post to know all about dried blood orange.

Dried blood orange benefits

As mentioned earlier, dried fruits have all the benefits that fresh fruits have, except they are water-less. Therefore, you can find all the nutrients that fresh blood orange has.

Additionally, since dried orange comes with its peel, you can take benefits from the nutrients in its skin too. Here we are going to mention a few of them:

  • Dried blood orange is rich in vitamins
    First of all, like fresh orange, dried blood orange is rich in Vitamin C, which is necessary for the growth and repair of body tissues. Vitamin C can help the body to absorb other nutrients, such as iron. It can help the wounds to heal and strengthen the bones and teeth. Moreover, Vitamin C can also reduce the risks of heart diseases.
    Vitamin A is another great essential you can find in dried oranges. It is so helpful for skin health and can reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems. Moreover, Vitamin A is so beneficial for eyes because it can protect the eyes from age-related problems.
  • They are packed with calcium
    Calcium is needed for bones’ power. To have strong bones your body needs to intake more calcium. Although you can’t take all the calcium your body needs by consuming dried blood orange, it can fulfill a part of your daily needs.
  • Dried blood orange has no bad cholesterol
    Eating dried oranges can help you decrease the cholesterol level in your body because they don’t have any cholesterol. Therefore, you won’t have any bad concerns about this issue.

How to make dried blood orange at home?

You can always order dried orange online, but it is easy to make dried blood orange at home too. First, prepare the following ingredients.

  • Blood oranges (any amount you would like)
  • Coconut sugar (to make it more favorable)
  • Cinnamon (to give it an amazing scent and taste)
  • Ginger and sea salt

First, slice the oranges as thin as chips and put them in an oven tray. In another bowl, mix the spices and sugar and then sprinkle it over the blood orange slices. Then, preheat the oven to 200 F. Put the tray inside the oven for 3 hours. However, based on your oven, it may take longer for the oranges to get dried. So check the oranges every hour to make sure they are prepared.

Please note that dried fruits normally have more sugar than fresh fruits. So it’s better not to add any sugar to it. However, the coconut sugar in this recipe is healthier than the sugar you may use every day.

Moreover, you can make as many dried oranges as you want because you can store them in the refrigerator and keep them at most one year.


How to use dried blood orange?

Dried blood oranges can always be consumed as daily snacks. They are also great choices as healthy snacks during the trip for traveling. But there are other ways you can use dried blood orange. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add dried blood orange to your tea
    Adding dried blood orange to your green tea can make it more tasty for both tea and the dried orange.
  • Make a salad with dried oranges
    You can always add dried fruits to your salads. Make a salad with lettuce, carrot, onion, tomato, and dried blood oranges. Adding nuts or sesame seeds to this salad can make it more energy-boosting. The dried orange can be used as the decoration for the salad too. However, it’s always a delicious garnish.
  • Add dried oranges to your cold drinks
    Make a juice, smoothie, or any cold drink you like. Add a few slices of dried oranges to this drink to make it taste different and more enjoyable.

How many dried blood oranges to eat in a day?

It’s always important to know how many dried oranges you can eat in a day. Although dried oranges seem smaller than fresh oranges, they contain more sugar than the fresh ones.

Therefore, you need to be cautious about the number of dried blood orange slices you eat in a day. Normally, it’s OK to eat 20 grams of dried oranges in a day. But most of the nutritionists suggest mixing this 20 grams between dried fruits and nuts.

So you can add a few slices of dried blood oranges with a handful of nuts to gain the most benefits from both. Don’t overeat dried oranges because they are rich in sugar and calories, which may lead to diabetes or weight gain.

How to store dried oranges?

Dried oranges can last up to one year if you put them in a sealed container or an airtight back in a cool place, such as a refrigerator. Freezing dried fruits is so common too. Since dried fruits don’t have any water, they can be kept at room temperature for at most one week.

However, after that, they may lose their quality and taste. It’s always good to keep them in a container in a cool and dark place. Furthermore, it’s better to keep dried oranges away from any food that has severe odor such as garlic or onion.

The odor of these foods may change the taste and smell of dried fruits. To avoid this problem, always put the lid of the container on its place after consuming the dried fruits.

Bottom Line
Dried fruits are so useful these days. They last for a long time and can be great alternatives to unhealthy snacks, such as chips. You can buy dried oranges online to make them at home.

Dried orange slices have all the benefits that the fresh orange has. However, like any other dried fruits, dried oranges, and dried blood oranges have more sugar than the fresh ones. Therefore, you should keep an eye on the number of dried blood orange slices you consume each day.

PS. This article is written based on the research that Natural Moreish content team has done on different blogs, websites and articles. Natural Moreish doesn’t suggest acknowledge or claim the information on this post.

About the author Mia is an Australian recipe-developer, content creator and a food influencer at natural Moreish. She has best information about nutrition. She loves all things food and snacks. She enjoys sharing food the way she does, so you’ll find lots of tips and tricks to make something truly delicious and be confident doing it. 

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