Published by: Gourmet Sleuth
Last Updated: 05/24/2014
While most citrus history starts in China and Japan, it is believed that the more bitter tasting fruits were from India. The Arabs brought this fruit from Sicily between the 11th and 12th century and taught the Sicilians their perfect irrigation techniques. About 500 years later, the monks planted sweeter varieties. Today, blood oranges constitute more than three quarters of all the citrus crop in Sicily.