Chinese New Year is near. Cue the number of tangerines, mandarin oranges, clementines and oranges being displayed as decoration and gifted as presents to friends and relatives. Odd? Yes. In reality, it just comes down to a play on words. Tangerines (桔子 (gat zi) or 柑橘 (gam gwat) in Cantonese, 桔 sounds similar to the word “luck” and 柑 sounds like the word “gold”. These sweet orange nuggets are; therefore, used as a symbol of abundance and good fortune, or when gifting them, wishing your family and friends luck and wealth.
Have you ever noticed that when you hand Grandma or Grandpa an orange, they roll it around the table before peeling it? Believe it or not, this was recent lunch table conversation when we witnessed our very own R&D chef rolling his orange on the table before peeling. When we asked why he did what he did, he was not able to offer any proper answer but that it was passed down by his mother, and was told it was easier to peel. After a bit of research, it is said that any citrus varieties become easier to peel if you gently press and roll it on the table before peeling. This loosen up the skin fibres if you do it gently but firmly (do not pound, squeeze or squish it on the table).
There is still one problem though, you still have to pick at the skin, in a series of tiny flakes, with your fingers. There’s nothing like having orange peel stuck under your finger nails, but there is a solution! But not until you keep reading! With all the gatherings you’ll be attending during this Chinese New Year, we found these 3 YouTube videos showing you amazing ways on to peel an orange that is sure to impress your family and friends.
How to Pre-prepare an Orange
The Spiral Peeler
Oh, and if you haven’t figured out how to prevent having orange peel stuck under your fingernails, the secret is to use a spoon!