A nice way to peel a tangerine according to a Japanese grandmother


Become a mikan master with this neat hack, approved by the Japanese government.

How to peel mikan? It’s a question you may have never thought of before, but here in Japan it comes to mind in winter, when people all over the country peel sweet citrus with extreme precision.

Typically, the main mode of action is to peel the micane in segments from the bottom to the outside, leaving the rind intact at the bottom to branch out like flakes lotus flower.

▼ The skins usually look like this after eating a tangerine.

However, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) recently proposed a new way of peeling mikan that caught the attention of many people in Japan. MAFF shared “mameczyshiki“(“grain of knowledge“), as tidbits are known in Japan, in a tweet that was both warm and surprising, saying:

“My grandma used to do it a long time ago and I remember watching it when I was little like it was magic. When I try it myself now, it’s surprisingly easy… Am I doing it right, Grandma?

As you can see in the attached picture, the way of peeling mikan looks completely different than the one we are used to. Instead of the fruit sitting whole, surrounded by the skin, the top and bottom of the skin are removed first, allowing the middle part to unfold like a strip. This is arguably the better way to peel a tangerine as it eliminates the extra step of tearing off individual segments of the fruit after peeling it, and many online have agreed, saying:

“What a clever method!”
“Wow, that’s so cool!”
“I tried it and now I will never go back!”
“Eating this way is so much fun!”
“I will definitely peel mikan like this from now on!”

So next time you’re peeling mikan, why not try this method? And when you’re done eating the fruit, don’t throw away those skins – Grandma has plenty of other chimpanzee uses for them, which is another eye opener!

Source: Twitter/@MAFF_JAPAN by Network Lab
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