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Cara Cara Oranges

Dec 30, 2016


Availability and Origin
These oranges are available from winter until the beginning of spring and are grown mostly in California and Florida, as well as South Africa and Venezuela.

Appearance and Flavor
Don't be fooled; Cara Caras look comparable to standard oranges, but there are some differences. The flesh is a red-pink color, similar to a grapefruit. They peel easy and they taste similar to a tangerine. Some say that their intense aroma resembles a rose. 

Storage
When whole, keep them refrigerated and they'll last you two weeks. If your oranges are cut, refrigerate them in an air-tight container for up to a week. Juiced Cara Cara oranges can last up to six months in the freezer when housed in an air-tight freezer bag or container.

Ways to Enjoy
Juices, jams, sauces, salads, raw, or in dessert. Here is an interesting tart recipe to wow your holiday guests.

History
Stated to be a naturally occurring mutation, these oranges were discovered in Hacienda de Cara Cara in Venezuela in 1976. Subsequently, they were brought to the U.S. in the 80s. The Cara Cara is considered a specialty citrus variety, so is very prominent in boutique-style stores and road side stands.

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