Freecycled oranges

Citrus season is in full swing in California. I see so many orange trees in my neighborhood heavy with ripe fruit that’s not being picked. I posted to freecycle generously offering to come pick unwanted fruit and a kind woman responded that she had more oranges and lemons than she could begin to use. Now I do too.

Freecycle is a great resource to help reduce waste. If you have something you don’t need, you can offer it up for grabs. Sometimes you have something that someone in town is looking for. Likewise if you’re looking for something, be it a bag of oranges or a wheelbarrow, chances are someone else has one sitting around. You help keep something out of a landfill and a neighbor gets something they need. It’s a win-win.

The problem now is what to do with all my oranges. I shared some with friends, I’ve been eating several a day, and I have some plans for meals using oranges. This morning, I heeded a call for baked goods for a bake sale benefitting Harvest Home Sanctuary. What was on my menu? Orange scones—vegan of course. In the end though, the recipe only offloaded a single orange.  It will be a fun challenge to create recipes using as many oranges as I can. Send your ideas my way!