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Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Art of Eating an Orange – Liberian Style

I believe the way Liberians eat oranges could be very revolutionary for the Western world. An orange is, potentially, one of the messiest fruits on the market today. I'm not quite sure the historical context of this practice but Liberians have found a way to eat an orange that keeps ones hands free of that sticky mess that we commonly associate with that task:

  1. Liberians peel an orange in the same manner a Westerner will peel a potato (an Irish potato as Liberians call them). They will peel the outer green or often orange coloured rind off leaving the orange with the inner rind still intact. This remaining rind is the key because this is what you hold onto when actually eating the orange.
  2. The Liberian you buy an orange from on the street usually then scalps the orange in order for you to get at the insides. Like a Native American practice of old, the Liberians have resurrected this exercise and used it as a humane method accessing the insides of this fruit.
  3. Once the top is off you then place your mouth over the gaping hole and squeeze the juices out. If you’re wanting to eat the actual insides of the orange you may be out of luck and might have to try another method. The juices are all we’re after anyways isn’t it?
  4. Throw the remaining remnants on the ground.

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  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger MJ said…

    In South Africa you roll the orange between your hands until it's soft. Cut a square out the top in order to suck the juices out by the opening. Then tear the orange open after the juices have been sucked out. And eat the inside. Definately not messy if you do it right.

    Must be an African thing. =) Hope you're having a good time.


  • At 1:02 AM, Blogger elephantschild said…

    If you try to make a "suck-orange" Stateside, be sure to buy Valencia oranges. Doesn't work with those nasty neon-orange navel oranges.

    Do the little boys still sell frozen kool-aid in little baggies? :) 'Spose not, with the lack of electricty, eh?


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