Cara Cara & Blood Oranges
Cara Cara Orange
Discovered at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Valencia, Venezuela in 1976, believed to be a cross of a Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel. The Cara Cara did make its way to the U.S. until the late 1980s, and was typically only carried in specialty markets for many years. The popularity of the Cara Cara has grown in the last couple of years. The Cara Cara Oranges that you will find at Heinen's come directly from the San Joaquin Valley in California.
You'll recognize the Cara Cara by its bright orange exterior and it's distinctive pinkish red flesh. The flavor is more complex than your ordinary orange, with an exceptionally sweet flavor that evokes notes of cherry, rose petal, and orange with a cranberry zing finish.
Cara Caras are sometimes referred as Red navel, Pink navel, and power orange. Why power orange? Well that is because the Cara Cara is an excellent source of vitamin C, A, fiber, a good source of folate and potassium and a natural source Lycopene.
The Blood Orange is known for it's dramatic and beautiful bright red or deep maroon flesh. Take a bite and you will become a fan of the intense orange taste that hints of fresh raspberry or cherry.
The Blood Orange is a natural mutation of an ancient sweet orange variety of Mediterranean origin, and there is evidence that one blood orange variety may have arose independently in China.
Blood Oranges get their color and subsequently their name from a pigment call anthocyanin, which is widely found in the plant kingdom and can appear red as in cherries and red cabbage to blue as in blueberries or even purple in eggplant. Blood Oranges contain the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin, high amounts of Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and fiber.