cara cara oranges

A few weeks ago I got to go to the grocery store. I know this doesn’t sound interesting but I rarely get to go as my husband is the shopper in our house. On the rare occasion I do get to the store I am always on the lookout for something new to try. As I walked around the produce I saw oranges,Cara Cara Orange something we hadn’t had in quite awhile. I’m not typically an orange fan as the acid and I don’t agree. As I read the signs describing the different oranges available, Navel, Blood, Cara Cara, I read how the Cara Cara are low in acid. Perfect I thought to myself – just what I like in an orange. Later that afternoon I cut one of them open and took my first bite.  In that moment I knew I’d never find another orange as sweet smelling and tasting as the one I’d just bit into. There was this hint of cherry to it that I just couldn’t get over. Needless to say it didn’t take long to eat. Best. Orange. Ever.

Every week since Cara Cara oranges have been on the shopping list (my husband doesn’t even want to think about coming home with something else!).  I’ve since discovered that the peak seasons for Cara Cara’s are December to April and it turns out that it’s a type of navel – who knew?! I also found out they were accidently discovered in 1976 at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Venezuela. All I have to say is “thank you”!

While looking up information on these beautiful succulent oranges I came across a recipe for Meyer Lemon & Cara Cara Orange Marmalade from the Boston Globe just this past January. I’m not sure I want to make it, but it turns out Bonnie Shershow of Bonnie’s Jams based in Cambridge, MA sells her marmalade in local shops. My friend, Sharon Kitchens of Delicious Musings, lives in MA and I may need her to go find me a jar before her next trip to Maine!