Food Is Not Your Enemy


In Praise of the Blood Orange
May 21, 2009, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Fruits | Tags: , , ,

My father-in-law regularly flies in from San Diego with a suitcase completely packed with citrus fruits from his garden. Tangerines, lemons, limes, navels, and blood oranges. He brings so many that it takes about a month or so to plow through all the fruit. I finally got to the bottom of the bowl and tried one of the blood oranges.

Wow! When I cut it in half, I gasped. I hadn’t eaten one of these since I was a kid, and didn’t remember a blood orange looking quite this way. It literally looked like a raw, bleeding organ. As I peeled off the tough skin, my hands got soaked in dark red juice. The fruit tasted more like a grapefruit than an orange–I’m not crazy about grapefruits–but I loved eating it all the same. Sometimes the pleasure of food goes beyond the taste alone. I felt very carnivorous eating this orange, and couldn’t help but smile when I looked at myself in the mirror afterwards, as I looked like a “Twilight” vampire who had just made a kill.

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