The Cara Cara navel, or red-fleshed navel orange is an early-to-midseason navel orange believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel.
Here at Sunburst Oranges for a kimited time we have Cara Cara Navel Oranges available.
Discovered at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Valencia, Venezuela in 1976, the parentage is apparently uncertain enough to occasionally warrant the distinction of a mutation, with only the tree on which it was found, the Washington navel, being an accepted progenitor. Cara Caras did not enter the U.S consumer produce market until the late 1980s and were carried only by specialty markets for many years thereafter.
Cara Cara oranges are a type of navel orange that are low in acid, so they taste sweeter than most other varieties. Here's more info and a recipe for an orange curd made with Cara Caras.
Cara Caras have the same round shape and bright orange rind as traditional navels. What really sets these oranges apart is what's on the inside! Cara Cara oranges have distinct pinkish-red and orange flesh. It's not just their beautiful color that makes them stand out — they have a remarkable taste that goes right along with it. Compared to traditional navels, Cara Caras are sweeter, slightly tangy, and less acidic, with a hint of red fruit, like cranberry or blackberry. And if that's not enough, they're seedless, too.
From the major growing regions, Cara Caras are ready for market starting in late fall and Venezuelan fruits arrive in October and Californian fruits make their seasonal debut in late November and are available through April.
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