On the outside, the Cara Cara Navel Orange displays a bright orange peel, similar to other navels. Cut it open and you’ll notice its distinct pinkish-red flesh. Bite into a wedge and you’ll find that its low-acid content yields an exceptionally sweet taste with just a hint of tanginess. Considered a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel, this seedless variety was discovered in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela.
The Cara Cara has become more popular over the years in the Roche Bros. produce department for the many ways it can be used and its immune-boosting nutritional content! These oranges are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. They are also a good source of folate, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant that’s also plentiful in tomatoes.
Serve them in wedges for a snack or dessert, or squeeze them into sparkling water to add a sweet flavor and beautiful color to your beverage.
Or make Cara Cara Oranges into a dinner highlight! Serve this special orange in an Asian-inspired salad with shredded cabbage, shaved fennel, red peppers, and a vinaigrette dressing with sesame oil and lime. Or chop them up as part of a salsa, with red onions, jalapeno peppers, avocado and lime juice, and use it as a topping for fish.
The sweetness of the Cara Cara also makes it ideal in a dessert recipe. Check out Roche Bros. on Pinterest for a great recipe for Cara Cara Orange Curd, to use as an ice cream topping or with coffee cake, and also find lots of other suggestions for making your meals special!