It’s a good month to eat… Blood oranges

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Blood oranges come from Spain, Italy or Sicily and have a short season – February and March.

Why are these good for runners?

The vibrant ruby flesh gets its colour from betacarotene - important for immune function - and anthocyanins, which have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The slightly tart juice contains 35 per cent more vitamin C than normal orange juice.

A compound called hesperidin, found mainly in the pulp and peel, can lower high blood pressure and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

They go well with...

Fennel, beetroot, mint, goats cheese and, er, prosecco.