What’s the best place to eat an orange? A fascinating question. Vexing, really. I tend to eat my messy, stressy lil’ spheres o’ citrus at the comforts of my creaky kitchen table. But I almost always keep a paper towel by my side. This process can often be unduly burdensome, after all; citrine residue sticking to my hands, juice flying into every bodily orifice imaginable. Eating an orange guarantees a trip to the sink afterwards, because I've gotta stay clean.
So, here’s a solution. Yesterday, BuzzFeed reporter Brad Esposito came across the r/ShowerOrange subreddit, a community over 8,000 people strong that’s been around for a year now. It’s devoted to people who swear by eating their oranges in the shower, while the water's on. Their reasoning is that eating an orange in the shower is cleaner, safer, and more fun than eating an orange in some boring, traditional setting. The rules are ironclad: no nudity. No grapefruits. (Clementines, tangerines, and blood oranges all pass muster.) Be kind! All in all, solid pillars of a positive, nurturing community experience.
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There are signs that this activity isn’t just confined to this subreddit, that it's being mainstreamed. Earlier this month, before this even blew up with Esposito’s tweet, Men’s Healthran an article unironically singing the praises of this practice, both for its cleanliness and ingenuity.
No verdict on whether shower oranges are good or not. I’ll be honest: I’ve never eaten food in the shower. (Uh, I've never had a Shower Beer, either. Guess I'll have to try.) In the meantime, I'll enjoy going down this rabbit hole today, and I hope you do, too. Join in on the fun. Eat an orange in your shower. Take a picture of it. Drink a beer while you’re at it, too. Go crazy. Let me know how it goes.
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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.