When you're a child and you overhear your grandma explaining how to make blood sausage, you quickly learn to avoid any food with the word "blood" in the description. That's probably why I didn't try a blood orange until I was a full grown adult - and realized that there was no way blood oranges actually contained any blood.
Much like garden fresh heirloom tomatoes in the summer, blood oranges are only available in Minnesota for a short time. Blood oranges appearing in grocery stores is the highlight of my winter. Seriously. Although I usually buy a bunch intending to use them for some of the gazillion recipes I've found, we usually end up eating them just like regular old oranges, savoring their raspberry-orange flavor. Luckily Sonny's ice cream makes an amazing blood orange sorbet, so I can still enjoy them for a short time after they've disappeared from stores.
Do you have any unusual or hard-to-find fruits or vegetables that you love? I'd love to know what I'm missing living in Minnesota!