Bitter oranges (that aren't supposed to be bitter!)
so, another question. First off, I love oranges. I get them from the grocer frequently and am debating purchasing a Moro blood orange when it's warm enough for Four Winds to ship to me.
The one thing putting me off is bitter oranges. Going to the supermarket for oranges is always a huge gamble. 50% of the time, the oranges are delicious and perfect. The other 50% of the time they're not! They're often a bit shrivelled inside, and tasteless or bitter. Today I bought some tangerines and I couldn't eat more than 3 slices because of the bitter tang to them. And the worst part is you really can't tell until you bite into them.
Is this just because of how oranges are picked/processed for consumers? I know apples and whatnot are really bad compared to orchard apples just from the way they're grown and handled and packaged for shipping. Is it less common if you grow your own oranges to get bitter oranges? I love oranges, and I'l LOVE to pick my own straight from the tree, but if it's going to be that same 50/50 I might just have to pass.