Orange-ya glad I didn’t say banana?
I am loving oranges this year. LOVING.
Specifically the Blood-Orange and the Cara Cara.
According to the Wikipedia Page about Blood Oranges…..
“While all oranges are likely of hybrid origin between the pomelo and the tangerine, blood oranges originated as a mutation of the sweet orange. Blood oranges may have originated in either China or the Southern Mediterranean, where they have been grown since the 18th century. The anthocyanins which give the orange its distinct maroon color will only develop when temperatures are low at night, as during the Mediterranean fall and winter. Blood oranges cultivated in the US are in season from December – March (Texas) and November – May (California).”
According to the Wikipedia page about the Cara Cara Oranges….
“The Cara cara navel, or red navel orange is an early-to-midseason navel orange believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel. Cara caras did not enter the U.S consumer produce market until the late 1980s and were carried only by specialty markets for many years thereafter. From the major growing regions, South African cara caras are ready for market starting in August, Venezuelan fruits arrive in October and Californian fruits make their seasonal debut in late November.”
I remember having both types of oranges last year – Blood Oranges and Cara Cara Oranges, but I DON’T remember being this crazy for them! I just can’t get enough!
Are you digging Oranges this season? Do you have a favorite type of orange?