Peeling An OrangeMore Like This
There is an art to peeling an orange.
If you happen to get one of the ones with a very thin skin, it can become much more of a challenge. You have to dig a nail into the orange armour, cutting it just enough to get through and get a grip, but not far enough to pierce the soft flesh underneath. If you're unlucky and cut too strongly, you'll go through and get a thumbful of juice squirting into your eyes as a reward.
Of course, if you're too timid you'll never get all the way in, and you'll peel of layer after paper-thin layer of pitted orange pith without ever truly getting to the heart of the matter.
Yes, there is an art to peeling an orange, an art to sliding in at just the right angle and not smashing it to pieces or glancing off it without truly penetrating. There is an art to timing things correctly, to opening the orange at the right stage, and watching it ripen before you approach and make your entry