You Have Been Peeling an Orange Wrong

Oranges are one of the most popular fruits that people eat. You yourself might even love oranges but You Have Been Peeling an Orange Wrong! According to studies, orange trees are most likely to be found as the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. It is widely grown and developed in tropical and subtropical areas for their sweet fruit. Oranges can be eaten fresh, through processed juice or fragrant peel. But did you know that there is a proper way of peeling your orange? We grow up in life being taught something a certain way, but does that always mean that it is correct? Who doesn't love to eat a fresh, delicious and juicy orange after all? Oranges are high in vitamin C, they contain numerous essential nutrients, diverse phytochemicals like carotenoids, flavonoids, antioxidants, so this makes them very much worth learning how to peel it right! It is like a nice sweet and nutritious treat that comes in it's own nice little natural package. Nature gives us some of the best treats!

How you might usually peel an orange is to use your fingers and your fingernails. You dig in your fingernails or a spoon, or maybe your teeth, into the orange peel and struggle while pulling off the sometimes hard peel. Often times puncturing into the flesh, rendering it overall less appealing with a mess to clean up and sticky hands you will need to wash up before doing anything else. This technique is best used with Valencia, Clementine, or Mandarin oranges, but could certainly be tried on other varieties. Actually, there are a vast variety of oranges and Valencia is one of them. It is a late-season fruit making it a popular variety when navel oranges and other varieties are out of season. Sometimes you can just cut an orange into slices or into bite sized pieces with the peel still on. This works well with the typical navel oranges from Florida or California. But it is so nice to just be able to pop a piece of orange in your mouth without having to deal with the peel, which can tend to be quite bitter and tasteless if you accidentally bite into it. The technique from Tablespoon food blog, works the best with mandarin oranges since the peel seems to be less attached to the orange itself, which generally makes it an easier type of orange to peel even without a special technique. Clementine oranges seem to be the same in this regard and would probably work with this technique too.

So, if you would like to know, here it is, the correct way to peel an orange is to first use a sharp knife and slice off the ends. The ends are the parts with the little hard brown bit. Now line up your knife and make a cut into the orange straight down going through the peel and into the centre of the orange. After that one cut has been made, it will then be extremely easy to pull the orange apart, a sort of like an accordion and take off and eat the delicious segments. This technique could also be used with success for grapefruit, lemons, limes and various other types of citrus hybrids. Therefore, the only key to peel off an orange perfectly is to use a good technique and a really nice and sharp knife. Make sure you save this handy trick to your favourites or bookmark it on your browser. You might want to show your friends how to do it too as a cool party trick or magic trick that will blow their minds!

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