These are exported for the overseas market, and also marketed for local consumption.
But the versatile fruit can be used for many purposes other than eating. Here are 10 handy ways to use oranges in your home.
1) Natural citrus cleaner
The peels of oranges are excellent for making a natural citrus cleaner to use around the home. Mix them with white vinegar in a jar and let the solution stand for two weeks, shaking it every day. After two weeks, remove the peels and use the solution for cleaning.
2) Garbage disposal sweetener
Do not throw away the peels that were used to make the natural citrus cleaner. Keep them in a separate jar and put a few in the disposal container every now and then. This helps to keep bad odours away.
3) Sink cleaner
Oranges provide a good way to clean most surfaces without causing any damage. Cut an orange in half, dip it lightly in salt and use it to scrub the inside of your sink. Then rinse the sink thoroughly.
4) Orange pomander
Make an orange pomander by taking advantage of the citrus scent, in combination with cloves. Take a toothpick and make holes in an orange; each hole just big enough to hold a clove. Fill these holes with cloves and bake the oranges on low for an hour or until they have hardened. Allow them to cool and then place them in bowls that van be used to freshen up closets, bathrooms and kitchens. These can also be used to repel moths.
5) Natural repellent for cats
The citrus scent of oranges can be used to keep cats away from gardens and houseplants. Place dried skins around the plants to deter the cats.
6) Orange peel face mask
Oranges are packed with vitamins and minerals. To make an orange peel face mask, grind dried orange skins to a powder and add water or milk until it becomes a paste. This mask can be applied to the face and body for general skincare.
7) Lump-free brown sugar
Prevent brown sugar from hardening by using orange peels. Put a 5cm-wide piece of peel in an air-tight container with your brown sugar. The skin provides enough moisture to keep the air and sugar in the container from drying.
8) Fire starters
The oil in orange peels is volatile and can be used to start a fire. Press the oil from some peels onto a bundle of dryer lint. Place some dried peels with the lint and kindling under the larger pieces of wood and light.
9) Homemade oil
Make delicious homemade oil to use on salads or to give away. Take bits of orange peel, with the pith removed, along with dried cranberries or fresh herbs, and place them in a decorative bottle. Fill with extra virgin olive oil, close the bottle and store in a dark place. Shake every few days. Remove the herbs after two to three weeks and the oil is ready for use.
10) Herbal tea
Orange peels are regularly used in teas to combat stomach pains or to be taken as appetite stimulants. To make your own homemade orange-infused tea, bring two cups of water to the boil in a pot on a stove. Place some dried-out or fresh orange skins in the pot and boil for 10 minutes. In that time, take a tea bag and place it in a glass jug. Remove the orange skins from the pot and pour the orange-infused water onto the tea bag. Let it stand for about a minute and sweeten to taste.