Elephant Oranges

It’s that time of year when citrus fruits are plentiful and a good price.  A favorite in our house are clementine oranges.  Maybe you’ve seen them in the store under the brand names Cuties or Halos.  One reason my kids like them so much is the unique way I peel them.


I’m not really sure how it started but one time I peeled one trying to keep the peel in a single piece.  That way I’d have less of a mess to pick up.  What resulted was a peel that looked like an elephant.  My kids loved it so I thought I’d teach you how to do it so you can share it with yours.

First, start to peel yours as shown in the following picture.


Continue to peel straight down.


Now it’s time to carefully unpeel the “ears”.  Start at one side and carefully slide a finger between the peel and fruit.  Continue to do this as you work your way to the middle.  Then repeat on the other side.


If you have done it correctly you should see your elephant take shape.


All that’s left to do is to finish taking it off the orange.


And that’s how you make an elephant orange.  If you’ve done this in front of your kids you should complete the process by holding it up to your face and doing your best elephant noise.  Trust me, if you have young kids it will make them giggle.  The only downside (if you could call it that), you’ll never be able to peel a clementine orange any other way.

Now that my kids are older they’ve learned to peel their own elephant oranges.  It makes me smile knowing that one day they’ll share this with their kids.  This is proof that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make lasting memories.  Just a little time and love.

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