Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cara Cara Organic Oranges

Cara cara oranges are in season!  I just discovered this special variety of naval orange while shopping at my local Natural Foods store. This particular variety of orange is juicy, seedless, and simply delicious!

Cara cara oranges have a pink to reddish flesh inside unlike the typical orange hue.  They may look like a grapefruit inside, but they have an incredibly sweet flavor and are much lower in acidity.  That is good news for me personally because of my acid reflux (heartburn) problem.

Cara cara oranges have been harvested from Venezuela since about 1976.  They are an excellent source of antioxidants and only 80 calories.  They are rich in Vitamins A and C, but also contain the powerful antioxidant known as LYCOPENE.  I always thought that Lycopene was only in tomatoes and a few vegetables or fruits.  Because of Lycopene, the Cara cara orange has 2-3 times more antioxidants than the conventional naval or valencia orange.

YES, the Blood Orange does have it's health benefits, but it does NOT have Lycopene in it and is more expensive.  In my opinion, after eating both of these varieties, the Cara cara orange tastes much better and is easy to peel.

They smell wonderful and taste even better.  Try a Cara cara orange for yourself!  They make a healthy snack and are great for juicing.  

ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES for optimum health benefits -

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