A mix of deeply flavorful roasted root veggies & vibrant citrus combined with some dark hardy leafy greens, crunchy walnuts, salty smooth ribbons of Ricotta Salata and Voila! This is the winter Salad that reflects the Joy I'm feeling on this sunny Wintery day.
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Cara Cara Oranges
Last weekend I had the pleasure of crafting some darling little citrus salads featuring delicious little slices of Cara Cara oranges at my local Lunds and Byerlys Store. This unique variety of oranges has been gaining popularity. But if you want to catch them, get to the market now; they’re only in season for a short time and we sold out on Sunday!
What, Where, & When?
These oranges were first discovered in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela (hence the name) and are now grown in California. They’re a type of navel orange that’s a cross between the Washington and Brazilian Bahia navel oranges.
The seedless orange has reddish-pink flesh and a sweet yet tangy flavor similar to cranberries, strawberries and raspberries. They’re available December through April.
One medium cara cara orange has 80 calories, 19 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber. It’s an excellent source of the antioxidants vitamin A and C and a good source of folate. Cara cara oranges also contain a powerful antioxidant know as lycopene, which helps give them their gorgeous hue. Regular consumption of lycopene has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and macular degeneration (a disease that causes vision loss as you age).
Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2013/02/09/in-season-cara-cara-oranges/?oc=linkback