I bought a half bushel of honey bells and page oranges from The Orange Shop, they arrived on Tuesday. I happened to be home, so they didn’t sit outside (the weather’s been quite mild in our neck-o-the-woods)
I put the honeybells on top of the bowl of fruit which I have sitting out in the dining room (like an edible centerpiece, we always have a nice bowl of fruit on the table, it’s better for the family to grab an apple or an orange than a bag of chips)
Anyway, this morning, at least 5 of the honeybells had soft spots that smelled like they were getting rotten
The page oranges, which stayed in the lid of the box were fine.
So tell me… did I do something wrong by putting the oranges in the fruit bowl, or do you think that maybe the honeybells were already a bit past their prime by the time they shipped them to me?
Any suggestions for how to store the rest of these oranges? (I brought a half dozen to work to share, because at this rate, we won’t eat them before they go bad)
I’m thinking of juicing, freezing the juice and then doing SOMETHING with the beautiful zest too. I wish I had time to make an arancello. (we’re heading out of town Saturday)