Sanguinello, January

Now in the depth of winter comes a sun.

Blood orange, from Sicily.

From the slopes around the volcano, Etna.

Sweet, red-orange.

The depth of their colour depends on light, temperature and variety.

Warm days, cool nights.

The anthocyanins, a family of antioxidant pigments more commonly found in blackcurrants and blueberries, give the orange its blood colour.  They will only develop in the right conditions, particularly when temperatures are low at night – and Mount Etna provides the right climate.

These ‘suns’, from that special place, take me through January.

 

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