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on 9/1/00 6:45 PM, Sierra Godfrey at kittenbreath -at- hotbot -dot- com did say unto
> The book also goes on to say how oranges are actually green and growers spray
> them with some compound to make them orange (in an attempt to show how we all
> buy into fake things), but I doubt this because the organic oranges I buy are
> orange, and I've never seen a green orange on a tree.
Oranges are green before they ripen. They are indeed picked while still
green, and then exposed to ethylene gas, which "ripens" the exterior to a
They do this so that the oranges can be safely transported across country
without danger of the fruit rotting en route.
p.s. Of course you've never seen a green orange on a tree; they blend in
with the leaves.. ;D
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