Produce Spotlight: Cara Cara Oranges

Hello all and Happy Friday! We are very excited to shed light on one of our favorite

Aren’t they just beautiful?!

produce items: the Cara Cara Orange. Rich in beauty and taste, these oranges provide much more than a snack or juice. Let’s explore how…

Oranges are one of those special fruits that if used correctly, can provide an entirely new depth of flavor to even savory dishes. Their citric acid provides a certain break in heavy flavors, while their sweetness almost helps brings everything together. This must be done, strategically, but do not fear; we found some awesome recipes specifically asking for Cara Cara Oranges.

Don’t be shy this week. Step out of the box and bring your oranges into the kitchen!


Sautéed Savoy Cabbage with Fennel

Millet Tabouli with Cara Cara Oranges and Green Olives

Baked lemon tofu double citrus salad

Cara Cara Orange Curd

Cara Cara Cabbage Salad with Skewered Shrimp Recipe

More Savory Orange Recipes

About Cara Cara Oranges (from

Cara cara oranges are a special cultivar of a navel 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, perhaps through a cross of other varietals. 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, rather than a true cross; navel oranges are themselves a mutation, and they have not been known to propagate themselves spontaneously. By the 1980s, cara caras had reached the United States, although they were only available in specialty markets.

How will you be using your Cara Cara Oranges next week? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page!


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  • waynepierson

    Cara Cara’s are my absolute favorites… mmmm!