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Cara Cara Oranges
Inventory, 25 lbs : 3.20
This item was last sold on : 08/17/18
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The Cara Cara is a medium-size orange with a glossy, textured rind. The inner flesh of the Cara Cara is pink, resembling the color of a ruby grapefruit. The peel clings to the flesh. It tastes sweeter than any given orange with flavors far more comparable to tangerines with robust and complex citrus aromatics. Its flesh is also seedless, an advantage among any fruit. When ripe, the Cara Cara orange's flesh is tender, succulent and extremely juicy.
The Cara Cara oranges are available during the winter months into early spring.
Cara Cara oranges are botanically classified as Citrus sinensis, and are also known as Pink Navel or Red Navel oranges. Cara Cara oranges are believed to be a natural mutation found on a Washington navel orange tree. Some speculate that it was a result of a natural cross between the Brazilian Bahia navel and the Washington navel.
Cara Cara oranges are a good source for vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein and the caroteniod, lycopene, which gives them their pink color.
Cara Cara oranges are an ideal balance of sweetness and acidity, making them suitable for fresh eating, juices, jams, sauces, baking and used in pan sauces. Use in savory or sweet preparations, pair with avocados, lettuces, nuts, bacon, other citruses, tropical fruits, fresh herbs, strong and aged cheeses, grains, seafood and poultry. Use Cara Cara juice in curds, cocktails, vinaigrette and syrups. Cara Cara oranges will keep up to two weeks, refrigerated. Cara Cara juice can be frozen in an airtight container for up to six months.
The Cara Cara orange has been branded by Sunkist as the "Power Orange" due to its higher levels of nutrients compared to other orange varieties.
The first Cara Cara orange was found growing on a Washington navel orange tree in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela, hence its given name. It was introduced to the United States in the early 1980s and now grows in California, Florida and Texas. Cara Cara oranges flourishes in hot, humid climates. While previously a more boutique variety of orange, Cara Cara oranges are now more widely available.
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