Healthy oranges, red as the lava of Etna

Red like the lava of Etna. An outflow of tastes and health, thanks to the year-round sunshine in the provinces of Catania, Enna and Siracusa where this fruit is grown. We are in eastern Sicily, south of the famous active volcano which heats the soil where the red orange ripens and releases a unique concentrate of vitamins and fragrances.

Its vitamin C content makes the red orange of Sicily a natural anti-flu agent; the fruit also protects from cardiovascular diseases and prevents varicose veins and cellulite. It is rich in calcium, selenium, zinc and iron, but also in phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. An anti-oxidant with truly unique properties which also include preventing cell ageing, even those damaged by daily stress.

Squeeze the orange and keep the rind: the infusion of the peel has a calming and anti-depressant effect. If you are on a diet, remember that the “anthocyanins", the pigments of the flesh which give the fruit its intense red colour and immediate feeling of fullness, keep your blood cholesterol levels and weight under control.

Let’s learn to recognise the red orange of Sicily at first sight. There are three different types: tarocco, moro and sanguinello. Check the wrapping: choose the one with these varieties and with the mandatory indication “red oranges of Sicily”.

If you are already on the tracks of this healthy orange, then start now by browsing through our guide on Sicily which you can find here.  

You will reach Catania and Etna will guide you along the coastline to Siracusa and the Valley of the Temples, before you veer into the historic and baroque centre of Piazza Armerina. The final destination is Enna, in which to discover the art and culinary treasures of island traditions.

Come and discover the PDO and organic products of Sicily, as well as the traditional recipes….enjoy them all in the restaurants branded Ospitalità Italiana.