Cara Cara Oranges
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The Cara Cara is a type of navel orange with a deep pink almost red flesh offering a sweet hybrid of sweet tangerine and subtle grapefruit flavors. The fruit varies in size from small, medium, and large.
Cara Cara oranges are harvested from January through May.
Cara Cara Oranges contain lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes that is the most powerful carotenoid quencher of singlet oxygen.
Cara cara oranges are and ideal balance of sweetness and acidity, making them suitable for eating fresh, jams, sauces, baking and sauteing. Use in savory or sweet preparations, paired with avocados, lettuces, fresh herbs, strong cheeses, fresh fruit, whole grains, and poultry. Use cara cara juice in curds, cocktails, vinaigrette and syrups. Cara cara oranges will keep up to two weeks, refrigerated.
An old variety, the Brazilian type of navel orange is properly called "Bahia." The name orange actually refers to the fruit's scent, not its color. The word comes from the Sanskrit word "naranga", which comes from the Tamil word "naru", meaning fragrant.