Cara Cara Oranges (AKA the Pink Navel)
Don’t be fooled by the Cara Cara’s average appearance. From the outside they look like your typical navel orange, but inside they contain a flesh worthy of mouth-watering and blissful sentiments. Their tender, succulent, and juicy flesh is more of a dark salmon or pink color, similar to that of a ruby grapefruit, and has a rich sweet flavor reminiscent of Tangerines with layered Citrus notes.
Easy to peel, Cara Cara’s are also seedless, making them a perfect candidate for eating fresh out of hand. Their nearly perfect balance of sweetness and acidity also makes them an excellent choice for a whole host of culinary applications, including jams, sauces, vinaigrettes, baking, juices, syrups, curds, and as a fresh ingredient in winter salads, along with salsas, chutneys and sauces (especially when paired with fish or poultry). And finally – don’t toss that peel – at least not until you zest it! The zest of Cara Cara’s is particularly aromatic with layered citrus notes and hints of florals.
Nutrition: So not only are Cara Cara’s delicious, but they are a perfect “power orange” with an extra level of immunity boosters to help you battle off those winter colds. The red and pink tones of the Cara Cara’s flesh is due to the pigment Lycopene – a powerful disease fighting antioxidant. In addition they are an excellent source of Vitamin’s C, A, Fiber, Potassium, and folate.
Here are some of our favorite recipes on the web perfect for making the most of your Cara Caras:
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Cara Cara’s with Rosemary and Honey:
Orange, Avocado, and Beet Salad:
Cara Cara Orange Punch:
Orange, Honey, and Rosemary Pork Chops: