How to pick a good orange

July 16, 2011



I always thought the nicer the colour,the better the quality. Turns out that since the orange is sometimes dyed with food colouring, you can’t count on that to choose your oranges.

You’re actually supposed to look for brown spots on the skin because they indicate a good quality orange. You should pick a sweet orange by examining the navel (the belly button of the orange). Choose the ones with the biggest holes.

Hope this helps you pick better oranges! :)

  • Anke Ruwette

    That is interesting, I didn’t know they used food coloring!! I’ll try this next time I’m at the Grocery Store :)!

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    I know right! It changed my way of picking oranges as well!

  • Amanda

    Such a good tip!

  • sunny california

    I walk outside and pick one. LOVE having an orange tree.

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Lucky you!!

  • Helen

    There is another way too. Scratch the surface of the orange and smell it, you can then tell if its a sweet juice orange or a sour one. I am in the UK and they do all kinds of tricks to our citrus fruits. Great website you have, thoroughly enjoyed it! x

  • Alex – I Adore Food!

    Great to know Helen! Karl and I love your country! Thank you for reading!:)

  • Jaime Pfeffer

    Thank you! Very helpful, especially the size of the navel being a good indicator. This is spot on. I just tested it out on two oranges!

  • punnyawardena

    thank you for sharing how to choose a good orange from the smell. but also share the kind of smell a good orange gives please.