Regular looking orange skin, regular orange size, pinkish salmon colored flesh (not quite as pink as a ruby red grapefruit, but close) with very few little tiny seeds.
Clean, pure orange.
Juicy (this is the first word for pretty much all citrus, if you are eating citrus that isn’t juicy – please, please just choose a different one, there is no reason for that), soft flesh, few unnoticeable seeds.
Only slightly acidic, enjoyably sweet – everything that an excellent orange should be.
OVERALL Overall Rating:
I find that grocery store navel oranges in general are risky (sometimes good, sometimes not) even right now when they are in season. So far, every Cara Cara I have tried has been excellent, so really if I combine that with the funky color and the catchy slogan on the label (see notes below) I have no reason to ever buy a regular navel again except to rate it on this blog. (Coming someday…I would say “coming soon” but who has time for regular navel oranges when I have mandarinquats and limequats in the hopper.)
I’ve been seeing Cara Caras in every grocery store and at all the farmer’s markets. Apparently they are the hot new thing in citrus for the masses. The sticker on the orange when I picked it up at the grocery store said “Pink is the new orange”. Looks like it might just be true.
Trader Joes sells these in a 5lb box! They are Awesome!