Photo of oranges on the treeThis month we are featuring the juicy delicious orange as our fruit!  There are three main types of oranges: juicing, eating and sour oranges.

Oranges are ripe when picked. Look for ones that are firm and heavy for their size. The colour of the rind does not indicate level of ripeness so don’t worry if the rind is off-colour or even green.

As with most citrus fruits, oranges are juicier when stored at room temperature but will only last a few days. To extend their life, store them in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Wash the orange and then decide how you want to prepare it. Navel oranges are easy to peel with your fingers, otherwise use a knife to make lengthwise slits in the skin which will help you peel easily.  If you want to segment the orange without the membrane, peel the orange removing any white pith. Break the orange in half and lay each half flat. Use a small serrated knife to separate each segment by cutting down against the membrane on each side.

Oranges are ready to eat! You can also squeeze out the juice for a refreshing drink like this orange berry smoothie. Oranges also make Roast Beet Salad with Orange and Fetagreat additions to salads like this roasted beet and orange salad. You can also try adding orange juice to salad dressing and marinades instead of vinegar or lemon juice.

What is your favorite way to enjoy oranges?

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