Arancia Rossa di Sicilia
Our Blood Orange Marmalade is made from California's colorful Tarocco variety which yields a deep and dark colored jam with chunks of whole fruit and finely cut zest. This is a sweeter marmalade with hints of raspberry and the rounder, softer, distinctive flavor of Blood Oranges.
The story goes that our Arab cousins originally planted lemons and bitter oranges in Sicily, the Genovese and Portuguese crusaders introduced the sweet variety, Portogallo, in the 15th century. As the fruit's health-benefiting properties became known, Sicily began shipping oranges around the world. And we're grateful for that as these are some pretty special fruit in taste and color.
The name Tarocco is thought to be derived from an exclamation of wonder expressed by the farmer who was shown this fruit by its discoverer. It is a medium-sized fruit and is perhaps the sweetest and most flavorful of the three types. It is referred to as "half-blood", because the flesh is not accentuated in red pigmentation as much as with the Moro and Sanguinello varieties