Wait, what? Yes, there is actually a VIDEO about this.
… Now I’m generally not one to be wow’d by how-to food videos, but this one, I was like, wait, really? Is it a cultural thing? Do most people really not know how to peel oranges? Hm.
Mom peeled oranges for me and my brother all the time growing up. The prize for finishing dinner was fruit for dessert. Mom always peeled the fruit for us and placed it in our bowls, like the spoiled children we were. It was a simple process, one I could copy easily. She would make a few long cuts lengthwise around the orange and two crosswise cuts near the top and the bottom, just deep enough to get to the skin but not too deep that juice would start spilling out. She’d peel the thick skin off the top and bottom, and then peel the slivers of skin from the sides. You’d end up with a nice round ball covered with remaining white, soft ridges of what my parents liked to called “fiber” or pith. Sometimes they peeled it off, and sometimes, they left some of it on for our health. Ugh, my favorite. Then, the orange would get split in two and we would be able to peel off the slices of orange without any mess.
I wonder if it’s an Asian thing to prepare oranges like this? In fact, I didn’t know how to cut an orange into pretty slices because we never did it that way. I always felt that cut slices of oranges tasted slightly better though, and my theory is that’s probably because with the slice, the pith isn’t the first part that hits your tongue.
Speaking of Asian, the husband and I went to visit Colorado this weekend. We noticed the food there is decidedly Boulder (bolder, ha ha .. !), and saltier. So the rumors are true. I wouldn’t mind living in the middle of America though. The skies were actually a lovely blue, and you could still see the stars at night. No smog or city lights to drown out their shine.