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May 30

11 Reasons Cara Cara Oranges are Unique

Are you eating citrus fruits? Though it's cold outside, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the exotic taste of juicy, sweet oranges, tangerines, clementines, and more (especially since you can grow them indoors!).

Plus, there’s a new, popular orange on the scene that’s delicious and easy to grow: the Cara Cara Orange.

What are Cara Cara Oranges?

A Cara Cara Orange is the result of the cross-pollination of a Washington Navel Orange and a Brazilian Bahia Navel Orange. Once the orange blossoms are pollinated, medium-sized oranges with red to pink flesh and an incredibly sweet citrus flavor are created.

What is the difference between Cara Cara Oranges and Navel Oranges?

The main difference between a Cara Cara Orange and a Navel Orange is that the Cara Cara is an all-natural hybrid orange, along with the red-pink color inside resembling a grapefruit.

Where do Cara Cara Oranges come from?

Cara Cara Oranges, also known as ‘Red Fleshed Navel Oranges’, are young. They were discovered in 1976 in Venezuela, but they didn’t make their way to US markets until the ’80s and were only sold in select markets.

11 Reasons to Love Cara Cara Oranges

1. They’re unique.

Cara Cara Oranges look like regular oranges on the outside, but with pink or red flesh on the inside.

2. They’re similar to grapefruits.

Because of their flesh and color, they remind us of grapefruits with their pink flesh. Even though they resemble a grapefruit, they are 100% orange. Only these Cara Cara Oranges have such sweet flavors that you don’t need to add any sugar.

3. You don’t have to pucker up.

They’re low in acid – so they aren’t sour like other types of citrus, instead these oranges are full of sweet flavors.

4. The Cara Cara Orange has nodes of sweet berry flavors.

Once you taste a Cara Cara Orange, you won’t be able to forget how delicious it is.

5. These oranges are extremely juicy and refreshing.

With every bite, thirst-quenching juices spill out. Plus, squeezing these oranges for juice is easy and provides a delicious homemade beverage.

6. They have the benefits of a healthy snack.

A few of the many benefits of Cara Cara Oranges are that they are low calorie, fat-free, and full of vitamins and minerals. Give yourself a dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein, and antioxidants with every orange. All of these benefits just increase the reasons they are good for you.

7. Cara Cara Oranges fit into our climate perfectly within multiple growing zones.

While they are primarily grown in California, these oranges can be grown outdoors in growing zones near you. Even if your area freezes or gets a little snow, your Cara Caras will thrive in growing zones 8 to 11.

11 Reasons Cara Cara Oranges are Unique

8. The orange tree is the perfect container tree.

Grow it indoors or out in a pot and watch it flourish. It will look great on the porch, patio, and inside of your home. Just remember to place it by a sunny window, and be prepared to watch it thrive.

9. Growing Cara Cara Orange Trees are fuss-free.

They are happy, healthful citrus trees that don’t need a lot of attention. Give your tree a little water every few days, and you’ll have oranges growing in no time.

10. The citrus aroma provided by Cara Cara Trees is irresistible.

It will naturally sweeten and freshen the air around your home. You won’t need candles or chemical sprays to give your home a clean citrus scent.

11. Once the white blossoms erupt, your Cara Cara Tree’s citrus scent will be even stronger.

The white flowers will pop against your tree’s lush green foliage for an eye-catching display of color.

Not sure if the Cara Cara Orange Tree is best for you? We offer plenty of other citrus trees for you to choose from!

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.