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cara cara oranges found in OC

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If you've never had a cara cara orange here's your opportunity. they come out around this time of the year just as the good satsuma tangerines are starting to fade out.

A Cara Cara is a navel orange with reddish pink flesh and a rich orange flavor with overtones of raspberries and strawberries it's smaller medium sized and if you're tired of oranges that just taste dry or bland you've got to try them out. I just got some at Mother's market in HB and I'm sure the other mothers must have them... also check whole foods or ask their produce manager to order them.

Speaking of oranges/tangerines. In addition to writing a research report on pesticides/fruit/veggies in college at UCI, I used to work in the produce dept. at mothers for over a year. Organic fruit/veggies contrary to popular belief are not necessarily spray free, nor do they always taste better.

However, when it comes to citrus and apples organic usually rules. I used to think I was allergic to apples until i started eating organic apples (esp. galas) i discovered that my reactions were coming from the pesticides... I wonder how often that is the case in food allergies.

Two weeks ago I bought a box of satsumas from traders joes: non-organic. they were so bland i just threw them out. The satsumas at mothers are so good that when i bring them to school i have students pleading with me to share.

But really try to find some local cara cara oranges. you'll be glad.

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  1. Thanks for the post, I'll be sure to check out the Mother's in Irvine for these oranges -- sounds very intriguing. Anteaters rule! Zot!

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    1. re: elmomonster
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      "Speaking of oranges/tangerines. In addition to writing a research report on pesticides/fruit/veggies in college at UCI, I used to work in the produce dept. at mothers for over a year. Organic fruit/veggies contrary to popular belief are not necessarily spray free, nor do they always taste better."

      Amen to that.

      Cara caras can also be found at Wholesome Choice on Culver and Michelson, but I can't attest to the flavor.

    2. I looked at the Ralph's mailing that I got the other day and saw that they have Cara Cara oranges! $0.79 a pound.

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      1. re: Macy U.

        Locally grown Cara Cara Oranges #100 (That's 100 pounds of fruit, not an item count.) went for $24USD, total, last week, (first week of March 2012), at GLESS Ranch, SW Riverside County / just past March AFB & Museum / just past Riverside National Cemetery.
        They were excellent.
        So were the ruby red grapefruits & "generic" oranges.
        Everything mentioned was offered at #25 for $6.00USD, March 2012, on-site, in Riverside County, USA.
        There is a FaceBook page for GLESS Ranch to announce impending harvests. For that - and for a look back in time at prior opening dates for avocados, cara cara and other oranges, berries and etc., this is the hyperlink:
        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gless-R...

        ~ENJOY!~

      2. Just got some at mother's last night but haven't tried one yet. Have you tried the sumo tangerines? They are fantastic, available at both Whole Foods and Mothers - $2.99 per lb. I would highly recommend these. They are the biggest tangerines I've ever seen with big hearty flesh. They are seedless but some of the best citrus I've ever had.