Peeling an Orange

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It's important to be tender when peeling an orange so that cuts aren't made into the orange's membrane. Save every bit of orange that can be saved through the peeling process with help from the owner of a plant nursery in this free video on citrus fruits... View Video Transcript

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Richard Skinner

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One of my favorite activities, in fact, I do it almost every night when citrus is coming in, is peeling an orange. My name is Richard Skinner, and I'm the owner of Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City, Florida. If you'll notice, I have sort of a technique with it, to take the peel off. I have a sense, after doing it for many years, of how far to go without getting into the actual orange part. And, as you see, I just picked this orange, so the little smoke comes up. And that's the peel oil, as it's coming away. Now, when a piece of fruit's been off the tree for three or four days you won't have that because the peel oil will have evaporated. My technique is my own, it sorta developed over a period of forty plus years of peeling oranges. And, you have to be real tender, and, you see, right there, I didn't quite get into the membrane, but I almost did, and that's because the skin's pretty thin. Well, as you can see, I just about got all of this peel off, and we're going to get to the next part of it. Now, I know some of you ruffians will just peel away, and not care. Well that's fine, if you want to do it that way. But I don't want to do it that way, I want to save every bit of the orange that I possibly can. Okay, I got all of the skin off. Toss that down. Now then, we'll start the little part that I developed as my technique. And as you can see, the pulp comes a'loose pretty easy. Now, if you've got a California orange, the chances are you can peel it a whole lot easier than you can peel a Florida orange. Why? Well, a California orange doesn't have as much juice in it because it's more arid climate. Florida has a pretty humid climate, and of course, the oranges have a lot of juice in 'em. So even a navel, which is what I'm peeling right now, a red navel, in fact, it is a juicy piece of fruit. And, just in a second, I will have all of this pulp off, and then I cut my orange in half, and as you can see, the juice is dripping all over me. Put that part down. And the next procedure, and I usually do this over a bowl so I don't make such a mess, is to cut out, make a quarter, cut the tip off the end. And if there's any seed or anything in the middle, take that off, and then, if I cut that right in half, I got a bite. Ummm...that's good! Richard Skinner. This is Hawkins Corner Nursery, Plant City, Florida. Thank you.