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Cara Cara Oranges

Cara cara oranges are a special seedless variety of a naval orange that are distinguished by their rosy flesh. Depending on the fruit, the color may range from a pinkish to a deep red, much like that of the grapefruit. Unlike grapefruits, however, these oranges are very low in acid, with a naturally sweet flavor. 

Some people feel that they are superior to other navel orange varieties in flavor, and they are often in high demand in produce markets when they are in season.

This variety of orange is believed to have developed accidentally. Cara caras were discovered at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Venezuela in 1976, and their origins were a bit unclear, leading some people to classify them as a mutation.

By the 1980s, cara caras had reached the United States, although they were only available in specialty markets.

I love the sweet taste and no seeds. One of my favorite oranges. And very healthy as well.

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  1. As far as I know, there are only three types of real oranges – mandarin, pomelo, and citron. All other citrus fruits that are available today are actually cross products of these three native species. Well, I’m sure Cara cara oranges are a superior cross variety.

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