Fruit-eating rituals

Tangerines must be peeled from the stem in a continuous spiral, and then sectioned. Separated sections may lay in the cup of remaining skin. Oranges and grapefruit should be peeled and sectioned in the same way if they are loose enough. Otherwise, they can be too messy. The traditional way of eating grapefruit halves with a sharp spoon is too tedious and the juice can squirt you in the eye. Bananas have two ends, one formerly attached to a stem and the other to a blossom. To peel a banana, grasp it by the stem end, pinch the blossom end, and pull back a strip of the peel to a third of the banana’s length. Pinch and peel more strips around the blossom end, and with the last strip pinch off the black bananus from the tip of the fruit. To eat an apple without a knife can be messy, so it’s best to remove the core using a knife. Cut the apple into quarters between the stem and blossom ends, then cut out the core sections along with the dirty ends including the stem. Watermelon must always be eaten with a knife and fork. Eating wedges without utensils is unacceptably messy and leaves the problem with the seeds. When you eat watermelon with utensils, you leave the seeds on the plate. You would think, since these fruits are so common, that the best ways to eat them would be more widely practiced.