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22 April 2008 @ 09:26 am
Is there a good way to eat an orange?  

I have this mostly-hate relationship with oranges. I dislike peeling them, because I hate getting orange skin under my fingernails. And I don’t like the pulpy white stuff that sticks to the orange after it’s been peeled, so I end up sort of peeling it again to get rid of that, and by then there’s no point in having bothered in the first place. Or, of course, you can cut the orange into quarters and slorch the juice and some of the meat out of it, which ends up with getting orange stickiness all over your face and shiny orange skin scales on your fingers and pulp stuck between your teeth. This is clearly not ideal either. Also, though while you’re supposed to be able to tell by type, I don’t know enough about oranges to know what’s a sweet one and what’s a sour one, which makes buying them a crap shoot anyway because I don’t want to eat sour oranges. Blick.

Consequently, pretty much the only time of year I eat oranges is at Christmas, when Mandarin oranges, which are easy to peel, sweet, not too white-stuffy, and are conveniently seedless are available. (Satsumas and Clementines fall under more or less the same headings, but I find it hard to convince myself that they’re The Right Oranges, probably because it was Mandarins we got in Alaska when I was growing up.)

Anyway, I bought a Navel orange the other day (like, two weeks ago) because I was determined to try to eat some oranges, and I had it for breakfast this morning (only because I was tired of oatmeal, and told myself quite fiercely that I should eat the damned orange so it didn’t *rot*, which goes to show my general attitude toward them), and, y’know, now I feel attacked by an orange, and I’m just wondering if there’s actually a *good* way to eat those pieces of fruit.

Also, I’m still hungry. One orange is not enough like breakfast.

I wonder if I’m going to get any work done today.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Amberleyamberley on April 22nd, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Mmmm, Satsumas.

Perhaps you should try grapefruit instead, which are big enough you can spoon out each little section and eat that. They even make little grapefruit spoons with a serrated edge.

Plus it provides a refreshing burst of citrus into your eye now and then, which is very helpful for waking up.

Or if it's available you could drink orange juice with pulp.
Ugh, pulp.

Or switch to apples and bananas, which do not guard their fruity goodness so diligently.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on April 22nd, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
I am no help...
I drink orange juice, for most of the reasons you listed.
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sammywolsammywol on April 22nd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Beat me to the Izzard ref.
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on April 22nd, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Slice it in little rings. Then cut (or tear) one spot of the rind, and voila! You have an orange row, all served up on a rind.
jwivjwiv on April 22nd, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Or, you could get an orange peeler. I had one as a kid, and they work pretty well.


Beneolas16 on April 22nd, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Navel oranges are best for peeling, the ones with the knobs on the end. Tear the knob off, and then the rest of the peeling should be pretty easy.
Lauraskeagsidhe on April 22nd, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
You could use my mom's trick. Cut the orange in half along its equator (as opposed to from pole to pole). Take a knife and cut around the edge-- it's okay if you get a little of the fruit in there, since that way you won't end up eating any of the white stuff. Cut along each segment. You can then scoop out the tasty part with a spoon, and no goo under your nails in the process.
Mary Annepers1stence on April 22nd, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I like Laura's suggestion. But I'm totally with you -- those are all the reasons I hate eating oranges too.

My solution is that I usually eat them with my work lunch, and I use my plastic lunch bag or a papertowel as a prophylactic layer between my fingers and the peel so that I don't get all the scales everywhere or the pith under my nails. I look like a total dork, but one does what one must.
rfrancis on April 22nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
As a dedicated low-carber: no, there is no good way to eat an orange. Have some berries.
dqg_nealdqg_neal on April 22nd, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
I prefer to wait until someone else has prepared the orange for me... or else I just drink orange juice. Someone that knows if the orange will be sweet or not.

Tayefethtayefeth on April 22nd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I have no fingernails, so I peel my oranges with a knife. That saves my fingers from the ick (mostly). Navel oranges are almost always sweet. Cut off the knobby bit on the bottom. Peel once, shallowly, to get the oily surface layer off without squirting the oil into your eyes or your neighbor's eyes. Peel again to get the white ick off. Pop segments whole into your mouth. The whole process takes me about ten to fifteen minutes. Handwashing is recommended afterwards, certainly before touching computer equipment.
Patchchamois_shimi on April 22nd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
My mom prefers the knife method since it gets most of the white stuff off, but I hate cutting into the fruit by accident and dribbling juice all over. I love the Tupperware-esque orange peelers (Tupperware used to be the only one that made them, but now you can get them at Target and other places) myself, not only for their proficiency at peeling, but they also make great bike tools for zipping inner tubes in and out ... ;D
Tayefethtayefeth on April 22nd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I use the knife at a low enough angle that I'm really scraping the orange, rather than cutting it. Also, the spiral cut is only for the outer peel. The inner white stuff is best peeled from pole to pole. That way you're really taking the veins that hold it on and peeling them off, not cutting anything.
Heiress of the Empiretechnocracygirl on April 22nd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hah! I only like satsumas, because that was what I grew up with.

I have found that the oranges with the outie belly button peel almost as easily as satsumas/tangerines/etc. It's nifty, because I too have problems with eating oranges.
plums deifyalmond_tiger on April 22nd, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too Orange peeling. Blech.
Mary Annepers1stence on April 22nd, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I miss mandarins -- I don't think clementines are quite as sweet and they have too many seeds.
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on April 22nd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I vote you eat Tangeloes. I've got 1 tree that produces juice all winter long and so sweet you have to cut it with Carambola juice. See? Don't eat them, juice 'em.
When we moved to our new house, first thing we planted was another Tangelo and a lime tree. I don't care at all about oranges and my tangerine tree got hit by lightning and died (and broke my citrus heart, LOL).

You got citrus in Alaska? I never got citrus but when I was 5 (in Seward) I had my first pomegranate. Funny the way tropical fruit can make it all the way to Alaska but when I lived in St. Louis, pomegranates were all exotic and rare. Of course now they're talking about all the fuel we waste eating fruit from around the world so maybe that stuff will all become exotic and rare again. Got a greenhouse?
darillian: Nature Flowerdarillian on April 22nd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
I always forget how we are twins from different parents, and then you remind me with something like this that is *exactly* how I feel. LOL

There are two ways to eat oranges that are good:
1) As mandarins. The satsumas have made it to Alaska now, and they are truly delicious. But I avoid the Clementines because they often have seeds, regardless of any claim otherwise.

2) As juice or in an Orange Julius.

T. Revst_rev on April 22nd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
1) Roll intact orange around on tabletop until mushy.

2) Cut small hole in rind.

3) Insert rigid straw.
sammywolsammywol on April 22nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Navel oranges are usually good for the sweetness factor but have the annoying navel thing that makes them a bugger to peel. As they are a DD staple in our house we have evolved the method of cutting them into 8s which is less sticky-facey than 4s. I suck the juice then rip the now less squirty meat off in one swipe with my clever monkey teeth. Of course that means no orange dining al fresco. It is definitely an at-home snack. Also, useful mnemomic, orange + food = breakfast
(Anonymous) on April 22nd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Orange mania
These posts were just too funny.

Ok, for quick and relatively painless orange eatage...

Slice off both ends of the orange and stand it on one end.

Then with good sharp knife slice from top to bottom (this will be curvy but once you get the hang of it this goes quickly) - just rotate the cutting board or orange.

Once done, the orange is sans white pithy parts and can be slice into six segments or rings or whatever floats your boat - you can do several oranges at a time and store in fridge for a day or so. This does work best for regular oranges (not little itsy bitsy things or tangerines)

This also works for grapefruits, cantelopes (really handy) and pineapples. :)

~ Kate
Amandatreehugginhippy on April 23rd, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Here's how I eat oranges: I go to the grocery store, I go down the canned fruit aisle, and I grab a jar of Dole Mandarin Orange Sections in Light Syrup. Then I measure out half a cup with a meal, and eat them with a fork or spoon :)
kitmizkit on April 23rd, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
*laughs out loud*