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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Eating an Orange

eating an orange

I decided to have an orange and maybe get Vitamin C. This is how I eat an orange. I peel an orange, just barely skimming off the yellow rind. I love Love LOVE the white part, the pith. So, I cut oranges instead of peeling them. The taste and texture of the pith is superb. There is almost as much Vitamin C in the pith, the part under the rind, as there is in the juicy orange part.
 
This is a horrid orange. It is next to dry and the sections are going to mush. I know that sounds contradictory. It does not even taste like orange, just bland. The pith was the only good part, so I just peeled it off and ate it....sigh.
 
This is why I rarely buy a bag of oranges. I have been burned too many times. I bought a bag of oranges at Christmas on sale. Most of them were black rotten inside. The rest were crispy dry. I traded it for another bag and returned it and got my money back.
 
This time, I bought two oranges at $0.50/each. They will both go back if they are inedible like this one.
 
Now, I am choking and coughing and freezing! Plus, my nose is running horribly. I had a salad that was  very nutritious, but it seemed to make these new symptoms appear.
 
Your turn
Do you like the white pith or hate it like most people do? Do you ever just keep getting bad oranges? For those in California or in the know, why? When is citrus season?

12 comments:

  1. If the orange is sweet, juicy and with few seeds, a little pith doesn't bother me. If not, it only adds to my disappointment.

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    1. Jess,
      I like a lot of pith...lol. Yes, nothing worse than a tasteless orange!

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  2. I absolutely do not eat the pith. But the last two years oranges have been horrible. I am now only buying a couple at a time to test, and if they are good, I will go back and buy a few more. This year the first 3 I purchased were good, juicy and lots of flavor, but after that they were dry and tasteless. Strawberries are out now, though, so I am enjoying those right now.

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    1. Janelle B,
      That is my strategy--2 or 3 at a time, all the time. The second tonight was juicy and delicious. But, I will take back the first one.

      The strawberries at Kroger's are the best right now.

      I had something like Emergen C tonight, raspberry flavor. I found it on sale and had a coupon. I think someone gave me some, too.

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  3. I have difficulties with oranges, and lemons. And quite a few other foods. When I could eat them, I enjoyed the pith. But I eat apple cores too - which I am told is weird.

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    1. EC,
      I read that apples are meant to be eaten blossom end to stem, including the core. I can't. That is exactly how my son ate apples and pears when he was about 14 months old. It does seem weird but less wasteful than my eating around the core or cutting it out.

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  4. I don't mind eating the pith. As you said it is full of vitamin as well. I start eating oranges in January when the satsuma mandarins start disappearing. They are very good up until end of April. I had one yesterday which was both sweet and juicy. The best kind of oranges are called "Washington" here in Turkey:)

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    1. I love mandarins, but don't know the variety. I will have to pay more attention to the varieties.

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  5. I love oranges BUT they are quite difficult to eat. Cutting them into wedges is my preferred way; the pith doesn't bother me. For the greatest source of vitamin C my preference is for Kiwi fruit, quick and easy and quite delicious.

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    1. PhillipH,
      I cut the ends off, losing nothing. Then, I cur the orange in half, stem end of one half, blossom end on the other, sort of cutting around the equator. Then, I cut each half, leaving the center white stuff. Oh, I love kiwi. I want to figure out exactly what to do with rose hips and when for the vitamin C.

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  6. Orange, or really any citrus pith, contains lots of bioflavoniods which help keep the capillaries strong thus helping to prevent bruising. So.. good for you for eathing it.
    Orange season, here in FL, is November thru March or so depending on the variety. It has not been a good season for citrus here as we did not get the rain needed for a good crop. I still have some blood oranges on the tree, first year for fruit, that should ripen in the next week or so.
    It is prime Florida strawberry season so get your fill, they are also a good source of Vit C. For a change we are paying only about $1.50 per quart, the same as family in CT - usually we pay more than they do - go fugure.

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    1. Berllen,
      I just know we need C. Without any C, I think we would get beriberi. It's too bad about the rainfall affecting the crop. I do plan to eat lots of strawberries, maybe make jelly and freeze some. Our strawberries from our county are nasty.

      When I was a child, we lived in Memphis and could not wait for Alabama strawberries. I don't know what happened. But, as of this year, I am giving up on buying local. I even have some strawberry plants to put out.

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