Botany Lets compare apples and oranges

Discussion in 'Botany' started by JcMinJapan, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Ok, we had a topic on ID vs ATS, which we brought up the idea of comparing apples and oranges. Well, lets see how easy this would be actually.

    Apples are easier to eat than oranges as you do not have to peel them.

    Apples are not as messy as oranges, becuase when you peel the orange, juice can be squirted out

    Apples come in Yellow, Red, and Green, oranges only come in one color.

    Apples make a much better pie than apples.... I would take an apple pie with ice cream over an orange pie any day!

    Oranges are filled with beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, potassium and fibre. While apples are very low in nutrients but contain high amounts of fibre and disease-busting phytochemicals.

    Both are grown in orchards, have trees that flowers, and can both be turned into juice. They are both considered fruits, are subject to damage by disease, are both prone to rotting, both can have damage from insects, and both are sweet.

    Their average circumferences are rather close at 25.6cm for the apple and 24.4cm for the orange. Their diameter is also fairly close at 7.9cm for apples and 7.6cm for oranges. Suprisingly, their mean rate is also fairly close at 340grams for the apple and the orange ranked in slightly heavier at 357 grams.

    Here is a funny comparision.... "Apples are better since they have a red peel. And if under ripe they can be orangish in color. Thus they are superior then oranges, since oranges can't be red!" This was taken from:, but really has nothing to do with real appleas and oranges. But, I had to include it.

    Obviously, we have just killed the statement that you cannot compare apples and oranges. Just tell spout off these comparisons next time you hear someone say it and you will really WOW them with your knowledge.

    Any more comparisions?
  2. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    Apples get that brown colour when you leave them un peeled.

    Oranges have citric acid, which you could use to disinfect something, maybe.
  3. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    The oil in the peel of an orange is flamable . You can tear off a chunk and squeeze it next to a flame and make little bitty flame throwers .

    The peel of an apple contains pectin , a natural gelatin like thickener . You can use apple peels to help thicken a sauce (slightly) or your applesauce and then remove them afterwards .

    Apples are propagated by seeds , polination , grafting , and layer methods. Apple trees have fruit bearing branches grafted to them and can have 6 or more varieties growing on the same tree . A good apple link :
  4. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    Oranges are orange,
    where as apples are red OR Green, apples much more varieties.

    STOP the PRESSES! some oranges are red inside, they are of course blood oranges.
  5. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    What does a fruit salad need added to it so that the apples dont turn brown? thats right, oranges. But what sort of fruit salad exists without the crunch of crisp apples?

    They both make up important parts of the salad, they wouldnt be good without each other.
  6. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    You can turn apples into apple sauce.

    But you can make a liquor out of oranges.
  7. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    Apple cider ?
  8. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    There is apple vinegar, but no orange vinegar!

    But, for the orange, there are orange bitters, but have never heard of apple bitters!
  9. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member


    Little green apples in the summertime....

    Equivalent orange tune ???
  10. tablet

    tablet Premium Member

    Orange is the Color
    Tune: "Yankee Doodle"
    Orange is the color of
    So many things I see.
    Would you like to sing a little
    Orange song with me?
    Orange juice and orange cheese,
    Orange carrots, if you please.
    Orange pumpkins, orange leaves,
    Let's sing a song of orange!
    --Susan Hodges

    The Land of Orange
    Tune: "The Farmer in the Dell"

    We're off to the Land of Orange.
    We're off to the Land of Orange.
    Sailing in a cantaloupe boat,
    We're off to the Land of Orange.

    We hoist a cheddar sail
    To the top of a carrot mast.
    Sailing in a cantaloupe boat,
    We're off to the Land of Orange.

    An orange slice is the sun
    That makes our voyage fun.
    We're sailing in a cantaloupe boat,
    We're off to the Land of Orange.

    Fish crackers swim below
    Our little boat as we go.
    Sailing in a cantaloupe boat,
    We're off to the Land of Orange.
    --Durby Peterson

    Orange, Orange, Orange
    Tune: "Three Blind Mice"

    Orange, orange, orange.
    Orange, orange, orange.
    What is orange? What is orange?
    An orange, a cantaloupe and a peach,
    A pumpkin, a goldfish, and cheddar cheese.
    The carrot that my little rabbit eats.
    --Diane Thom

    things that in some way are connected by "orange." Here are some possibilities:

    Agent Orange
    marigolds, day lilies, orange blossom, orange cup lily
    orange juice, Orange Julius, orangeade, orange sherbet
    carrots, pumpkins, acorn squash, cantaloupe, apricots, tangerines
    jack-o'-lanterns, Halloween, fall leaves
    egg yolks, cheddar cheese, orange marmalade, Cheetos
    William of Orange, O.J. Simpson
    Denver Broncos
    orange pekoe
    orangeroot, Osage orange
    orange rust
    orange stick, orangewood
    Florida, Orange City, Iowa
    macaroni and cheese, Goldfish crackers
    orange-crowned warbler