Memory in an Orange, December 5, 2005

Share this post

I remember that the Thai police officer smelled like oranges. Out! he yelled, waving his finger and pointing at the three of us sitting in the Toyota minivans middle seat. No one moved. The Brit next to me with the shaved head smiled. The officer rapped him on the shoulder. Passport! The driver of the mini-van had brought us within just one mile of the border with Malaysia. He shook his head and mouthed silently into the rear view mirror, No. The British guy next to me handed over his passport and the officer took it, chuckled, slammed the sliding side door and walked around the corner. The driver of the mini van looked worried. I said no passports, he reminded us. They do this if the company has not made payments, he said. He looked around nervously and turned on the engine. The British guy next to me began to protest as the driver sped away, the police never gave chase. You can go to the British embassy, the driver said. It was 1992, my first brush with corruption. The smell of oranges wafted again into the air. I turned around to see one of the older, obviously more experienced backpacking travelers, slowly peeling and eating an orange. He shrugged. It happens sometimes, he said quietly and offered me a wedge. I love that this memory is locked in the rind of an orange.
Booth Ranch: This week we received our beautiful Fukimoto oranges from Doug at Booth Ranch. The Ranch was founded in 1957 with 40 acres. Today they harvest citrus trees from Fresno to Bakersfield and produce some of the sweetest and most beautiful navel oranges we see. In case you missed it two weeks ago, here is some nutritional information on oranges: Nutritional Information:* Serving Size: 1 medium orange. 62 calories. Calories from fat – 0. Total Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium – 0 grams each. Potassium – 237 milligrams, Carbohydrates – 14 grams, Fiber – 3 grams, Protein – 1 gram, Vitamin A – 3%, Calcium – 5%, Folate – 10%, Vitamin C – 117% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calories diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS: Last week I mentioned that we want to include your fruit stories in our newsletters. Feel free to write a poem or short piece about fruit and send it to me at chris@fruitguys.com. We’d love to hear from you and share something others would enjoy reading.
Enjoy and be fruitful! chris@fruitguys.com

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent The FruitLife articles:

Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
A tribute to the “Lemon Lady” of Redwood City
March 11, 2019
The FruitGuys New Year’s poem
January 8, 2019
Sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship
October 31, 2018
Give the delicious gift of farm-fresh fruit and healthy snacks
October 4, 2018
Summer to fall transition brings new fruit into the rotation
October 2, 2018
Bring some fruitful fun to your workplace on Tuesday, October 2
September 27, 2018
Farmer suicide is a public health threat and could hurt our food supply
August 14, 2018
How to keep your favorite fruit fresh through the summer heat
July 19, 2018

More recent articles:

Best onboarding practices
May 21, 2019
Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
Food:
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.