A flavor that everyone is familiar with. An ingredient that is so versatile that it is a must-have in the pantry! That’s right, we are talking about the versatile “Oranges.” Its citruses and zestiness definitely are unforgettable and always take us on a nostalgic ride. Oranges are used to make juices, salads, jams, marmalades, marinades, and serve as a key ingredient in roasting and grilling meats. They belong to the citrus family and have siblings such as lemons and limes. It is by far the best source of consuming natural vitamin C.
One piece of orange of about 96 grams in weight contains about 50 calories, including the following nutrients;
- Vitamin C is 85%
- Magnesium 2%
- Vitamin B-6 5%
- Calcium 3%
- Potassium 4%
Types of Oranges
Here are the most popular 10 types of oranges from across the globe. Most of them have a similar taste and look.
- Naval Orange
- Blood Orange
- Acid-less Orange
- Seville Orange
- Bergamot Orange
- Trifoliata Orange
- Cara Cara Naval Orange
Some of the basic attributes that all the above-stated types share are:
- They all have some level of acid in them.
- All are of almost the same shape. A ball-like shape.
- The skin on all of them is thick and porous.
- The colors are mostly from the family of orange, but a couple of types also have a green colour.
- Inside all of these, you will find a lot of juice.
How to Cut an Orange?
So, now that we have revised the key facts about our beloved orange. Let’s move to the cutting it perfectly part. Gather a sharp knife, a cutting board, and of course, some oranges. And let’s get started.
How to cut an orange depends more on the recipe you are going to use it in rather than the type of orange you use. Primarily, there are three ways in which you can cut an orange.
First Way: Wheels:
This is cutting your orange in a wheel shape. You can do it to both (peeled and unpeeled oranges). However, if you like it peeled, we urge you to peel it perfectly. In order to do so;
- Place the orange on your cutting board lengthwise (it should be in a lying-down position). Cut the top part (where the stem is), then cut the bottom part. Be careful not to cut it too much. You only need to cut the skin off.
- Now vertically cut the remaining orange skin. Now peel with your fingers or a knife.
- You can now now slice the orange keeping them same in lengthwise position.
Second Way: Wedges:
You don’t have to peel your oranges for this one. But this is also a tricky one.
- Put your orange on the cutting board, the top part facing upwards.
- Cut the top part slightly so that you don’t get the stem in your pieces.
- Now you need to put marks like you did while peeling the sides of the oranges. The cuts should be deep. Now you can cut all the way through.
Third Way: Segment The Orange:
- Peel the oranges (as stated in the first way).
- Now put cuts on the orange vertically as well as horizontally and place the cuts as shown in the above picture.
- Now cut them the way you sliced the orange in the first way, and you are done!