As we kick off the Blood Orange season in Australia, we caught up with Vito and Leonard Mancini of Red Belly Citrus.
One of the founding directors of Redbelly Citrus, Vito Mancini, remembers his first encounter with a blood orange, “As a boy, I was always fond of my grandfathers back yard, walking in and around always excited me by seeing what vegetables planted and what fruits were in season".
Brothers Leonard and Anthony Mancini, as well as cousin Vito Mancini, purchased property North of Griffith in the wealthy and fertile lands of the Riverina to develop their dreams of growing the perfect blood orange for Australia.
The Australian blood orange season runs from August to October
The blood orange has been cultivated in Italy for centuries and current production levels still outmatch any producer in the world. Blood Oranges are one of the most versatile Citrus fruits currently available, they can be used as a substitute for most Citrus varieties including Orange, Lemon and Lime and also works well in combination with all Citrus varieties.