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New Orange In Town

What's that saying about a mother always being right? Well, in this case it's true.

A few weeks ago I was chatting with my mom on the phone, and she told me about a new variety of oranges that she has tried: Cara Cara. She said it was a combination of an orange and a grapefruit, and that I should definitely try it.

My mom often shares her latest finds with me: different kinds of yogurt, sugar free ice cream, etc. I always listen, but rarely do I actually go ahead and buy those products...I guess I just typically buy whatever it is that I typically buy.

Then a week ago I was at Whole Foods shopping for one of Robyn Webb's recipes and had to pick up an orange. When I came home, I realized that I actually picked up a Cara Cara orange my mom told me about! I was so excited.

I decided to use the orange to make a beet with orange, blue cheese and pecan salad. The color of the flesh was slightly pinker, and the taste was both sweet and slightly tart at the same time. This was such a great citrus!

From the Sunkist website:

Cara Cara Power Oranges are a special variety of juicy, low acid, seedless navels packed with more natural nutrition and minerals to power a healthy immune system. Cara Caras are an excellent source of vitamin C, A and fiber; a good source of foliate and potassium, and a natural source of Lycopene, the disease-fighting antioxidant. The bright orange exterior covers a deep, rich pink pulp, which is extremely sweet, and few to no seeds. This power-packed citrus is gaining in popularity and with its lower acidity it is a great treat for kids.

Cara Caras are at their peak in December and January. BETTER HURRY UP!


Unknown said...

Oh my god!!! FInally a blog dedicated to Mom - well, sort of :) I was actually wondering about the orange in your beet salad, b/c it looked orange-pink. This explains everything.

I will have to check if my Whole Foods carries it.

Dewi said...

My new favorite orange indeed. I have the tree in my backyard. In fact, I just posted the photograph in my garden blog. Delicious, and pretty too.

Deeba PAB said...

You guys are so LUCKY, & I am so ENVIOUS!!!

Pam said...

I love Cara Cara oranges. They are so juicy and delicious.

veggie belly said...

Never had this, looks great! Did you try the zest of this orange? Was it like orange or grapefruit?!

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

I LOVE cara cara's. I've been getting them at my farmers market (when in season) for about 2 years now.

BlueToYou said...

love the writeup! once again you always seem to know how to explain the food to people like myself who wouldn't know where to begin how to describe a new type of orange :)