how to peel an orange

February 6th, 2015

Grandpa showed me how to peel an orange.

Hold the fruit in one hand and the pocketknife in the other.


First, score a circle in the rind around the navel below and the stem on top.


Draw the blade down the sides in vertical strokes all around the whole, no deeper than the skin, an inch between each cut. Be careful. Go slow. Do not harm the flesh.

Lift off the top and bottom pieces.


Pull each section of rind away from the fruit. It will come easily, and with it, the pith.


Wedge your thumb into the center and splay the fruit wide open.


There will be ten or so segments—enough to share.

Once you taste the living truth, you are never again fooled by the imitation flavored drink in a carton.

A lesson from my garden to yours, via my newest book,  Paradise in Plain Sight. Order signed copies of all my books here.

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  1. Do not harm the flesh. Ahemmm…Thank you for the tutorial.

    Comment by Jane — February 6, 2015 @ 11:27 am

  2. As always, “the truth shall set you free.” Even little truths, like the ones inside juicy citrus fruits. (And don’t be afraid to dribble.) Thanks, Maezen!

    Comment by Jean Breheney — February 8, 2015 @ 9:17 am

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