Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Delicious Nutritious Citrus

For the past several mornings now, we've been enjoying a breakfast of oranges fresh off the tree, still cold from the night. Pick as needed.
These fabulous oranges (They're either Cara Cara or Summer Navel; I must do research) peel, intact, away from the rind as you bite into a sliced section, so you get all the fiber and juice in your mouth and none of the pith. (Because who wants pith in their mouth?) They're not super-juicy, so you feel like you're getting a good, chewable bite. Filling, even.
Yesterday we embellished the plate with a small dish of local ricotta cheese. It was nice, in a Creamsicle way, but not necessary.
The oranges are the star. Don't need some pale, bland starlet stepping on lines.
Behold, an ocean of orange waves and orange bergs.

UPDATE: I believe the oranges are Summer Navels, as I originally suspected. Turns out Cara Caras have a pink flesh, and my babies are orange, like the name says.

16 comments:

Zoomie said...

Love the way the light enhances the deep color!

The Spiteful Chef said...

Oranges are heaven-sent and beautiful. It's always baffled me that orange-flavored things (candies, etc) are so, so bad when the original, natural fruits are so delicious.

cookiecrumb said...
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cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: The secret to that is it's backlit by the sun. Cool. Thanks.

Spitey: I know. Orange Skittles? Die, die!
This tree is so special, the oranges taste like muscular tangerines. Nothin' Sunkist about it.

Hungry Dog said...

Yum. Oranges, but also creamsicles.

dancingmorganmouse said...

I for one most certainly would not like pith in my mouth - erk! (teehee)

cookiecrumb said...

Dog! I got popsicle molds. Gonna do a yogurt/orange juice mix, maybe Tequila Sunrise style. Aah! Can't wait for hot weather. Fortunately, there will still be oranges on the tree if we don't eat them all up.

Mouth: Yeth, I underthtand. Theriouthly.

kudzu said...

Thought of you this morning as I enjoyed a really big sweet orange -- reminded me of your yard. I know how much more healthful they are than my usual juice; I just need to remember to keep them around. (Pith and vinegar!)

Greg said...

Sweet!

eatclosetohome said...

Want.

(and then I'd candy the peels and dip 'em in chocolate)

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: You need some oranges? I seem to remember your neighbor has fruit trees, but citrus? Let me know, thweetie.

Greg: How did you know? It's like, as if, you knew!

Eat: They gooood.
I've considered candied orange peels; probably will try some day if we ever get white sugar in the house. (I can't believe I said that.)

Rev. Biggles said...

MmMMm, orange zest and lamb. MMmMmM, zest.

xo, Biggles

cookiecrumb said...

Biggles: Dude, I got zest for you. A little squeeze of juice in there wouldn't hurt, either. Want some oranges?

Chilebrown said...

You have any oranges for a crazed protein virtuoso?

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: Yes, for you, too. They're good on the tree through July.

dancingmorganmouse said...

*giggles*