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 Tree (Citrus x sinensis 'Cara Cara')!
Discovered in the 1970s, the Cara Cara didn't hit American markets until the '80s 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! With evergreen foliage and fragrant white blossoms for pollinators, these are gorgeous trees on their own!
Once you cut into it, though, you will never forget it! The flesh is pink like the sparkling rose of pink grapefruit. It is super juicy and the juice is pink, too. Cara Cara doesn't taste like your traditional orange. Some people say they taste raspberry, blackberry and cranberry!
Perfect for citrus growing regions of the US, Cara Cara is also great in pots by a sunny window in cold winter climates Either way, you’ll enjoy a fantastic patio plant or poolside for year-round greenery! Modestly sized trees at maturity, they work in almost any sized yards and can be pruned smaller as needed!
Cara Cara are broadleaf evergreens that are fantastic privacy and screening when planted in rows and shelterbelts, alone or with other types of citrus and fruit trees for your own property-defining orchard! As a stand-alone tree, these are gorgeous specimens and accents that add curb appeal to your home's front yard landscaping!
Fruit trees need full sun for the most flowers and fruit! Plant in slightly acidic soil that’s very well-drained. The long harvest all winter and spring, means you’ll enjoy months of healthy delicious fruit!
Cara Cara Sweet Orange Tree are just now hitting the home gardening scene and are going to going fast. Order your today and after you've bitten into your first slice of Cara Cara give us a call and thank us!
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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.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x sinensis 'Cara Cara'|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 Years|
|Pruning Time||After Fruiting|