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How to use Nigerian Oranges

When I lived in Nigeria, there was a problem with the oranges I bought.  They were green.  I tried to tell the people I bought them from that they were picking them too quickly, but they just wouldn’t listen. I told them that oranges were supposed to be orange, but they said that oranges you buy in America must be dyed orange because all the Nigerian oranges were green.  I knew for a fact that was silly because I had lived in California and Morocco and seen the oranges growing on the tree in both countries, and they were orange.  However, I couldn’t seem to get anyone to understand that you were supposed to leave the oranges on the tree until they turned orange. However, we wanted to eat oranges or at least drink orange juice. They didn’t sell orange juice in the stores.

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I figured out what to do with the green oranges. I made fresh squeezed orange juice. If I make fresh squeezed orange juice with a normal orange, the juice is good, but the juice from those green oranges was so sour no one could drink it, but I added sugar to the fresh squeezed orange juice I made in Nigeria. I decided to make some fresh squeezed orange juice yesterday here in Korea, so I thought I would show you how I did it. Oranges are extremely popular here in Korea, and you can buy them everywhere.  The Koreans are proud of their oranges from Jeju island.

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I begin by rolling the oranges.  I push on them as I roll them. I roll them back and forth as well as every other direction. It loosens everything inside because I push on them as I roll them.
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If I push too hard, i break the orange open, but it is okay because I am going to cut them open anyway.
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After I roll them, I cut them open.
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Next, I squeeze the oranges over the pitcher and let the juice come out.

I don’t just squeeze them like in the picture, but that is how I begin.  After I squeeze them together and let the juice flow, I begin putting my fingers inside of the orange on the pulp and pushing and pinching everywhere. I do the whole orange the same way until all the juice is out.  You see, in Nigeria, I didn’t have a machine to help me squeeze my oranges, and I didn’t even have one of those glass things where you push your oranges onto because I didn’t know I was going to have a problem with the oranges before I went to Nigeria.20190515_182622.jpg

After I have squeezed the juice out of every orange, then I taste a bit of the juice. I add sugar to taste because every orange doesn’t have the same amount of tartness.  However, when I tasted the juice from the oranges here in Korea, it needed no sugar at all. It was very good juice.  My daughter and my Korean son in law were delighted with what I did.

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