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Are Cara Cara navel oranges part grapefruit?


Q. Are experts sure that the Cara Cara orange is not a mix between a naval orange and a grapefruit? It sure seems a little grapefruit like to me…


A. Cara Cara navel oranges may appear similar to Ruby red grapefruit, but other than color and being citrus fruits, they are not the same. Cara Cara navel oranges are a result of a mutation in the navel orange which was found in Venezuela. Cara Cara navel oranges are sweet and their beautiful coloring comes from lycopene and beta-carotene.

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