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

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Winter may be white and freezing but that does not mean that life will be colorless. Actually, you will find certain oranges in season in winter, like the sweet Navel orange and the pink-fleshed Cara Cara orange.

These two sweet oranges look pretty much the same from the outside but cut them open and then eat them and that is when you will find a world of a difference between them.

Navel Oranges

The Navel is a spontaneous mutation of a Laranja Selecta orange found out around 1820s at a monastery in Brazil. It was first planted in Southern California in the 1870s and helped the citrus industry in California that resulted in much of the economic development of the state.

Navel oranges are winter oranges that are large, sweet, richly-flavored and juicy. Navels are so named due to the undeveloped second fruit that grew at the apex of the main fruit that look like a human navel or bellybutton from the outside.

These seedless oranges have a crisp texture and slightly thick peel that is fairly easy to peel. Since it is a seedless variety, it can only be propagated thru grafting and cutting.

Navel Orange Nutrition Facts (per 100g)

Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 166 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13 g 4%
Dietary fiber 2.2 g 8%
Sugar 9 g
Protein 0.9 g 1%

 

Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 98%
Calcium 4% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 2%

 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Cara Cara Oranges

If you are not that familiar with this orange variety you might be asking yourself: “What is Cara Cara oranges?”

Cara Cara oranges are pink-fleshed citrus fruits that originated as a mutation that occurred on a Washington Navel orange tree in 1976. The first mutated fruit was found at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela and thus was given the name Cara Cara.

Cara Cara oranges are extremely sweet and have a slightly lower acidity than Navels with a hint of cranberry or blackberry flavor. Furthermore, aside from their supreme taste and beautiful coloring, Cara Cara oranges contain 20 per cent more vitamin C and 30 per cent more vitamin A when compared to regular Navels.

Cara Cara Orange Nutrition Facts (per 100g)

Calories 52
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0.2%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0.7 mg 0%
Potassium 166 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 4.6%
Dietary fiber 4.6 g 18%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0.6 g 1.3%
Vitamin A 487 IU Vitamin C 58 mg
Calcium 0 mg Iron 0.1 mg
Vitamin D 0 mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1 mg
Vitamin B-12 0 mcg Magnesium 11 mg

 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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