The Cara Cara Orange has become an extremely sought-after orange and will be in season from July to early August. We take a look at what makes this variety so unique and popular.
The Cara Cara Orange or “Pink Orange” was discovered in Venezuela in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara. Hence its name. It is mainly a cross between the Brazilian Bahia and the Washington navel oranges.
How does the Cara Cara Orange differ from other oranges?
It is characterised by its pink flesh and has a sweet and tangy flavour. It is a seedless variety that has a similar taste to certain berries such as strawberries, raspberries and even rose petal. They differ from other orange varieties in the sense that they are much sweeter and extremely nutritious.
It is also relatively easy to peel this orange which makes it the ideal snack. The Cara Cara Orange is low in acid.
A Cara Cara Orange is not a Blood Orange. They differ in the sense that the Cara Cara is pink on the inside whilst the Blood Orange is red. The Blood Orange contains anthocyanin that gives it its red colour. The darker the inside of the fruit, the more anthocyanin it contains.
Cooking with Cara Cara Oranges
Master chefs from across the globe prefer the Cara Cara Orange to other oranges since it’s a seedless variety. They are great for making juice as well as a delicious cocktail. Use them to make delectable salads, salsa or cover them in chocolate for date night.
Be sure to get your hands on a bag of Cara Cara Oranges whilst they are in season.