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Pink Orange From California — Cara Cara Orange

March 12, 2013

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. – George Bernard Shaw


I am an orange, but I am pink.  

It caught my attention on a bag of oranges.

Last week when I walked in my grocery store, these oranges were stacked high  at the entrance.  With curiosity, I picked one bag that said, California specialty, Cara Cara Navel  Oranges.

Interesting name, I thought.

How come I have not tasted them yet?  But there is first time for everything.  So, I put a bag of Cara Cara oranges  in my basket, excited to cut open one as soon as I get home.  On my way back I was thinking…

Pink orange!

Is it sweet or is it tangy?

Getting home, I washed and cut an orange.  And indeed it was a pink orange.  Beautiful glossy pink.  And it tasted sweet……sweeter than other oranges.

Juicy, sweet, and pink!  I tasted my first Cara Cara Orange.

Cara Cara oranges were first discovered in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela.  I guess, that’s  where they get their name from.  Now they are grown in California as well.

They are a variety of navel oranges that is a cross between the Washington and Brazilian Bahia navel oranges.  These beautiful oranges have rosy-pinkish flesh to deep red depending on the fruit.  They are low in acid and quite sweet and juicy.  Their season is limited from December to March-April.

So go ahead and enjoy them if they are available in your area while they last.  These oranges are delicious on their own as a snack or in a simple salad.  Juice them for a healthy drink.  If you like granola or yogurt, Cara Cara oranges are good to pair with.  Jam, jellies, and syrups are always an option for those who have sweet tooth.

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Have you had Cara Cara oranges?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2013 3:41 am

    I do enjoy your posts, always fresh and natural! Thank you.

  2. March 13, 2013 11:06 am

    How do you get them peeled without pith? When I peel an organge it’s usually covered in pith and when I try to peel that off chunks of orange come with it and I’m left with something that looks squishy and chewed by passing animals.

  3. March 21, 2013 5:57 pm

    ciao! one of my favourite fruits. delicious post…as all your previous.

  4. Ryan I permalink
    June 28, 2013 10:41 am

    I tried these and fell in love with them! But now I can’t find them anywhere…. Which store did you get them at?

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