February 4, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
What's round, orange on the outside, reddish-pink on the inside and oh-so-sweet & irresistible? We'll forgive you for guessing "an Oompa Loompa," for while that's an understandable attempt, the true answer is Trader Joe's Cara Cara Navel Oranges.
Cara Cara Navel Oranges were first discovered in 1976 at the Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela (you knew that name had to come from somewhere, right?), making them a relatively recent entry into the fruit kingdom. From Venezuela, the fruit was brought to Florida, then to California, where it adapted perfectly to the climate and has thrived. Lucky us.
Cara Cara Navel Oranges look like a cross between a blood orange and a grapefruit. Their taste, however, is unique. Very sweet, with just a bit of spice. You may even be reminded of berries as you enjoy these orbs of deliciousness—we're not alone in finding their flavor reminiscent of raspberries and strawberries. Though we may be quite on our own in referring to them as "orbs of deliciousness." We're selling each three pound bag for $2.99*.
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Cara Cara Oranges are $3.99 in our Southeast, East Coast and Midwest stores and $2.99 in our West Coast and Texas stores.
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