Old 01-20-2006, 09:49 PM
sailor_titan sailor_titan is offline
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Purple Orange?

Hello. I searched through the site but was unable to find an answer to this question. I also searched throughout the internet, likewise my search proved futile.

My dilemma is this: My boyfriend recently bought a navel orange from the grocery store. Upon peeling, he found his orange had turned (or been produced) about 3/4, well, purple. It was a purple orange. Unable to find any answers on the vast internet, I have turned to the straight dope.

Can anyone help me?
Old 01-20-2006, 09:52 PM
groman groman is offline
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Did it taste alright? Was it by any chance a tiny pumello or pink grapefruit?
Old 01-20-2006, 09:56 PM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
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Might be a hybrid of the Moro orange:
15. Why is the Moro Orange purple inside?
The Moro Orange is sometimes called the "blood orange" because of its deep burgundy-colored flesh. It has been a favorite in Europe and North Africa for years. Italian and Spanish immigrants brought the fruit to America in the 1930s, but it is only recently that the fruit has flourished in western U.S. growing regions. The Moro variety is by far the most popular blood orange variety and it colors and thrives best in California's sunny valleys. Like all Sunkist citrus, you will notice that the variety is indicated just above our name on the fruit sticker so that you know exactly what variety of citrus you are purchasing.
Old 01-20-2006, 10:12 PM
Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim is offline
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I was sure this was going to be some kind of "words that don't rhyme" thread...
Old 01-20-2006, 10:57 PM
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It could be some kind of blood orange. Those are sort of a dark red/maroon color inside.
Old 01-21-2006, 01:58 AM
Walloon Walloon is offline
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And the Moro oranges I've had were not as tasty as regular Florida navel oranges.
Old 01-21-2006, 02:38 AM
Bryan Ekers Bryan Ekers is online now
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I once tried to eat some red blueberries.

They tasted like burning.
Old 01-21-2006, 03:42 PM
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What a coincidence! I just finished eating a blood orange I got from Harris Teeter. It tasted like a regular orange with a slight difference that I can't explain. It was very pretty and very delicious, though.
Old 01-21-2006, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Walloon
And the Moro oranges I've had were not as tasty as regular Florida navel oranges.
Really? Personally I seek them out. They're not as sweet as many other varieties of orange, but I really like the sherberty zing.


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