18 November 2009

Roll That Orange!

I'm just a blogging fool today! Something else has come up that I needed to get a general opinion on from my 6 readers.

This might be going back to my mother's "ideas" but growing up my mother always told me that the easiest way to peel an orange was to briskly roll the orange on a flat surface - something about it loosening the rind from the orange or something. So this is what I've done my entire life. I get an orange, orange gets "rolled", orange gets peeled, orange gets eaten.

For the past three days I've brought in an orange to work and when I'm ready to eat it, I stroll over to the kitchen area to peel it. For three days straight, whom ever was in the kitchen at the time has questioned my orange rolling method.

"Are you trying to squash it?"

"Are you making juice?"

"Playing with your food, huh?"

"If you don't want it, I'll eat it."

Today's question was a very basic, "Why are you rolling it?" At the time, I didn't really know how to respond so I just shrugged with a basic, "I dunno. It's how I've always done it." Of course the minute I got back to my computer I had to look it up. Surely I wasn't the only person on the face of the planet that rolls their orange prior to peeling it.

Yeah, I'm pretty close to being the only one on the planet that rolls their oranges if the internet has anything to say about it.

The only mention I found was here on the London Times.

I'm starting to wonder if my mother's "ideas" are loosely based on a previously unnoticed anglophile notion.


  1. I have never heard of rolling oranges, but this is coming from a gal who rubs the cut ends of a cucumber because it supposedly takes out the bitterness. That is just how I was taught.


  2. Seriously have a word with yourselves.

  3. I've heard of rolling stones and rolling papers, but not rolling oranges... ;-)


  4. Update for you! I took an informal poll of two women at Larimer County Courthouse (planning dept) and of them: 1 had never heard of rolling an orange, and 1 said yes, indeed, she rolls oranges all the time - especially if they're too firm! That's 50%. Go figure.

  5. Thank god I'm not the only one! I feel much better now, thank you. :-)