Explore this page for tips on how to select, store and prepare oranges.

Also In Season: Winter

Select It

Look for oranges with shiny skins that feel firm and heavy for their size. Oranges with thin skins tend to be juicier than those with thick skins. Avoid buying oranges with bruised, wrinkled or discolored skins.

Store It

  • Store at room temperature on the counter for 5-7 days.
  • Store in the refrigerator for 3-8 weeks in the low-humidity drawer. Set the drawer lever to open, so more air is coming in, or just crack the drawer slightly open.
  • Store loose, do not put in plastic bags.
  • Store peeled or cut oranges in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Reduce Food Waste

If the peel of an orange shows damage the inside may still be good. Cut or peel to see if it is still good before tossing. 

Even if there are green places on the skin, oranges can still be ripe and good to eat.

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Prepare It

  • Cut whole oranges into wedges for a quick, refreshing snack or just peel and eat.
  • Toss peeled orange segments into green salads for a citrus splash.
  • Wash and scrub oranges with water before cutting. Combine orange peels with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and/or cloves to make an energizing tea. Boil the thinly sliced orange peel with spices for 1-2 minutes. Serve with a bit of honey. 

Did You Know?

Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, pomelos and limes!

c Oranges help your body heal cuts and wounds, and help lower your risk of infection because they contain Vitamin C.

Click here for more information about citrus.

Click here for a printable page with lots of info about citrus.


Breakfast Fruit Cup


2 oranges, peeled, seeded and sliced into bite size pieces
1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon raisins (optional)
⅓ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Makes 4 servings. 1/2 cup per serving.


5 minutes


  1. In a small bowl, combine oranges, bananas, and raisins.

  2. Divide fruit equally into 4 bowls.

  3. Put a rounded tablespoon of yogurt over fruit in each bowl.

  4. Sprinkle with equal amounts of ground cinnamon before serving.


    Try adding other dried fruit or nuts instead of raisins.

    Don’t eat dairy? No problem, you can use almond, soy or coconut-based yogurt instead.
Also In Season: Winter

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