Cara cara navel

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Cara cara navel orange
SpeciesCitrus × sinensis
Cultivar'Cara Cara'
Marketing namesPower Orange
OriginHacienda de Cara Cara

The Cara cara navel, or red-fleshed navel orange is an early-to-midseason navel orange believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel.[1][page needed][dubious ][2]

Discovered at the Hacienda Caracara 10°14′41″N 67°56′52″W / 10.2447°N 67.9478°W / 10.2447; -67.9478 in Valencia, Venezuela in 1976,[3] the parentage is apparently uncertain enough to occasionally warrant the distinction of a mutation, with only the tree on which it was found—the Washington navel—being an accepted progenitor. Cara caras did not enter the U.S consumer produce market until the late 1980s[4] and were carried only by specialty markets for many years thereafter.[5]


Cara cara orange slices, on the left, compared to ordinary navel orange slices, on the right

This medium sized navel is seedless, sweet and low in acid and characterized by little to no pith and easy, clean separation from the rind. The flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal, and blackberry.[citation needed]


From the major growing regions, South African Cara caras are ready for market starting in August, Venezuelan fruits arrive in October and California fruits make their seasonal debut in late November and are available through April.


  1. ^ Susser, Allen (1997). The Great Citrus Book: A Guide with Recipes. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-0-89815-855-7.
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  3. ^ "Cara Cara navel orange". Citrus Variety Collection. University of California Riverside. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  4. ^ Kauffman, Jonathan (December 26, 2006). "Cara cara mia". Seattle Weekly's Voracious Blog. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-08-04. Retrieved 2004-08-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)