If you’re in the NYC metro area today, you’re probably experiencing the same rainy and dreary day that I am. Everyone has her or his own way of dealing with unpleasant weather. Today, I’m reflecting on the best part of the season instead of the confusing winter we seem to be having. As the kids are saying these days: Go home, Winter. You’re drunk.
Can you name the citrus featured in the photo?
It’s a cara cara orange, known for its sweet, pink flesh that’s less acidic than its traditional navel neighbor. This fruit is a well traveled (Venezuela to Florida to California) mutation of the Washington navel and can be spotted in grocery stores between December and April-ish. They’re smaller than the average navel oranges and the skin sometimes has a pink mottled look to it. I rely on the produce staff to label the oranges correctly but I have been duped before (as I refer to as the Great Blood Orange Fail 2015).
What can you do with it? It can be difficult to peel but it’s so worth the effort. I also like to juice it for smoothies, cocktails and schorle. Why should you eat it? Well, other than the obvious reason of it being a fruit, healthy, vitamins, etc., it’s easily the best orange. Ever.
Let me know what your favorite citrus is or if you share a mutual fondness for this sweet savior!