The perfect orange is a refreshing, thirst-quenching fruit.
You may remove the skin and eat the individual pegs, or you may cut it into halves and enjoy the juice.
There are many varieties of oranges based upon the country of origin.
Examples are: bitter, mandarin, tangerine, clementine, red navel, blood oranges, bergamot, valencia and many others.
Oranges contain Vitamin C, Calcium, Citric Acid, Magnesium and Potassium.
Look carefully at this photo.
Does it appear to be good photography?
Does it look like special lighting and other effects have been applied?
Well, that is not the case.
I was simply trying to take a photo of these oranges when somewhere along the line, while adjusting the camera, I believed that I made some errors and I ended up with this photo.
I began to like the photo and tried to duplicate the same setup for more photographs, but I was unable to do so.
Well, let us talk orange for a second.
Of course, you do not have to view the photo to see what the orange looks like, nor do I have to show you how to eat it, peel it or turn it into orange juice.
Within the supermarket displays, you will see many different varieties of oranges.
Anything from sweet to sour, to very sour, with several different shapes, thicknesses of the skin, etc.
You will see oranges sold by the pound, others sold by the bag, some of the them have very thin outer skins with alot of juice, suitable for home made orange juice, etc, etc.
We are not wikipedia to tell you the different varieties and species or their history, I do, however, have to tell you the following story.
In the early 1980’s, after I broke my leg, had my bank loan recalled, etc., I was so depressed from my many problems that I felt the desire to visit Greece for one week after being away for many years.
Once there, I visited my friend Takis Kaletzeris (PANAGIWTIS KALITZERIS), who at the time was in charge of running the Athens Food Terminal.
He subsequently invited me to his home as a guest.
Since he knew that I needed some fresh air after working in the office for so many years, he insisted that we do something outdoors.
At the time, I had metal plates and lots of screws in my leg due to the accident.
Since he knew the area and the people, he took me from Athens to an area by the name Argos in Peleponisos area in Greece.
This particular area is a major orange growing region, providing oranges and watermelons for all of Europe.
After driving for quite a few hours, we finally arrived in the orange growing area and since the packaging and processing factory was on top of the hill, I looked around me and saw orange trees for miles and miles and miles, lanes and lanes and lanes of orange trees.
I was amazed. I needed binoculars or even a telescope to see the extent of the orchards.
Obviously, I was filled with the desire to eat an orange.
Since there were millions of oranges in a pile, I picked one up to eat.
Takis stopped me from eating the orange and told me that this orange is not the right orange to eat at that moment because, they need to be sorted into boxes and transported to different countries in Europe.
Therefore, the orange was good to be eaten 10 to 15 days later.
I had a desire to eat and orange, and thought it would be best to follow him into the orange fields.
He mentioned that since orange trees were not tall trees, and that the branches were full of oranges, all I had to do was to walk around, touch an orange with my finger and should it fall down after being touched, that was the orange to be eaten.
Therefore, I ended up with the perfect orange.
I cleaned up the orange, peeled the skin and tried a peg.
I heard angels singing and the taste that I had forgotten for years, came back to life.
The orange was so sweet and tasty.
Needless to say, I continued with his instructions in finding the next few oranges until I finished my trip.
Over the years in Canada, I always hoped that I could find somewhere, an orange that tasted similar to those.
I finally got my wish when I tasted a Navel Orange that a friend of mine brought to me from his trip to Jamaica.
Not all oranges that are sold by the bag in Canadian supermarkets have the similar type in taste and sweetness like the one I am talking about.
Should you find an orange that suits your taste, then buy a dozen or two.
Do not keep them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Room temperature is just perfect.
Oranges similar to those from Greece are sometimes sold in Arabian, Greek, Turkish or Jamaican or other Caribbean stores.
The pictures below illustrate Canadian Supermarkets, which include oranges and tangerines.
Some of the oranges have a very thick skin, and if you take the time to view the following pictures, you will see step by step what can be accomplished by utilizing this skin.
Obviously, there are many different ways of peeling an orange, but, we use this traditional way.
Cut the skin in pieces.
Place the pieces in a pot and add water according to the thickness of syrup, which you will be making.
Add required sugar, accordingy to your sweet tooth requirement.
You can use regular Mr. Goudas White 100% cane sugar.
Or you can use Mr. Goudas Demerara brown sugar.
Allow to boil.
This is a ready to eat orange peel dessert.
Here is a picture of a wonderful fruit presentation for your table.
Obviously, not everyone likes oranges, so therefore, when you make a table presentation after dinner, you may add bananas, some apples, or even some kumquats.
This is a picture of some kumquats, which is a type of small orange.
You can find this unique species in supermarket displays, sold in this manner.
Since, everyone is very environmentally conscious, we have a little suggestion to keep a very healthy kitchen.
Wash the kumquats and eat it with the skin.
When you utilized all the kumquats, you can use the bag as a hairnet.
Did I make you laugh?
Have one today!