Cara Cara Sweet Orange
Sweet Pink Super Fruit
We don't mean to get all existential on you here, but does orange juice have to be orange? Can an orange taste like a berry? Can it look like a grapefruit?
The answers to these questions are yes, Yes and YES! Say hello to the Cara Cara Sweet Orange. Only discovered relatively recently in the 1970's, the Cara Cara didn't hit American markets until the 80's and even then it was only in specialty grocers. It still isn't widely known or widely grown, but we here at Nature Hills want to change that. We don't think we're overselling it to say that Cara Cara could be life-changing for you!
Cara Cara is a hybrid navel orange that looks like a regular old orange on the outside. Once you cut into it, though, you will never forget it! The flesh is pink - not the dark red of a blood orange, but the sparkling rose of a pink grapefruit. It is super juicy and the juice is pink, too.
As amazing as the color is, it is the taste that is going to knock your socks off! Cara Cara doesn't taste like your traditional orange. Some people say they taste raspberry, blackberry and cranberry when they bite into it. Others say it tastes like orange candy. They all say, "Can we have more, please?!"
Perfect for citrus growing regions of the US, Cara Cara is also great in pots by a sunny window in cold winter climates.
These trees are just now hitting the home gardening scene and are going to go fast this year. Don't be left out! Order your today and after you've bitten into your first slice of Cara Cara give us a call and thank us. We promise we won't say "we told you so".
- Sparkling pink flesh and pink juice
- Sweet flavor with a berry taste
- Low Acid and Seedless
- Perfect for pots
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Ultra-Modern Cara Cara Orange Super Fruit
It is hard to believe that the Cara Cara orange has only been around since the late 1980's. Even with its
Discovered in 1976, it is not quite clear if it was a bud sport of a Washington Navel Orange or the result of an open-pollinated cross of Washington Navel with the Bahia Navel Orange. What is clear is that the people who discovered this Red Fleshed navel orange knew just what they had, and wasted no time in propagating, planting and promoting it.
The first budwood would be received at the Florida Budwood Registration Program in 1988, from Hacienda Cara Cara in Valencia, Venezuela; the location it was discovered. Around this same time, budwood was sent to the Lindcove Research facility in California. But the selection was met with caution. The immediate concern was that the red/pink flesh was not stable and would possibly revert to an orange color.
Through the 1990's, under the observation of both the Lindcove and Riverside, U.C. Citrus research stations, as well as a limited number of commercial plantings; the Cara Cara Orange was eventually determined to be stable in color. At this same time, it had been regularly sampled by farmers for years and its introduction was highly anticipated.
On the fast track for introduction, the early ripening Cara Cara Orange was heavily planted throughout California where it had been determined to be a superior variety. Cara Cara has grown from a novelty in the early 2000's to today being a highly sought after selection.
As with all red pigmented fruits the Cara Cara is considered a very healthy fruit with its high concentration of Lycopene, a well know carotenoid in the family of Beta Carotene. It is also high in fiber and as with all oranges high in vitamin C; which make this fruit a must for the modern-day health-conscious food shoppers.
The flavor is very complex almost berrylike with a sub-acid finish. Being seedless only adds to the many qualities of the Cara Cara. Finally, being the first of the oranges each season gets the year off on its best note.
|Botanical Name||Citrus x sinensis 'Cara Cara'|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|