An orange is a juicy, refreshing, roughly spherical citrus fruit.
Let’s eat one.
Take a sharp knife and cut the orange in half. Then cut each of those halves in half. Repeat one more time. What you now have in front of you we might call eight “sections of the orange.” Now place a section in your hand such that only the orange’s skin, what we might call the “orange peel,” is touching your hand. Excellent! Now take a bite (of the meat of the orange–not the skin)! Let the juice soak your lips, and then eat the rest of the sections this way until all you’ve got left is orange peel. Mmm.
Why bother with the peel? Let’s get rid of it. This is typically called “peeling the orange” (yes, peel is a verb too!). Admittedly, there’s no right way to peel an orange. So try this: hold the orange with a firm grip and dig your thumbnail into the very top of the fruit. Once you’ve peeled the top, keep tugging at the rest–don’t hold back! The orange can take a little abuse. Oh and by the way, the more you’ve peeled off the easier it will be, you see? Marvelous! You’ve peeled the orange. Looks a little less pretty now, right? But now you’ve got all of the sections with no peel to worry about! Take a good look and you’ll see that there are about 8 or 9 of them, naturally stuck together. Pull apart the sections and enjoy.
P.S. Oranges have little seeds inside them. Don’t panic! They are easy to remove. And if you eat one accidentally, you’ll be fine. Hopefully: we should never forget the farmer’s daughter who turned into an orange tree…