With the pumpkin season among us, this has to be one of the cutest and healthiest Halloween snacks that I have ever made! Making Pumpkin Oranges is super-easy to do, and a lot of fun in the process. If you have children or grandchildren that you need to entertain and feed during the fall season, this is one family activity that will put a smile on their faces! Not only are the Pumpkin Oranges delicious, they are also cute and nutritious.
While I like to use regular navel oranges for my pumpkins, you could also use other fruit – like tangerines. The first thing you want to do is wash your oranges. Afterwards, use an orange citrus peeler, or your fingers, to remove the skin of the orange. Be gentle with the fruit, as you don’t want to damage it in such a way that it can’t retain its original shape. Be extra careful at the top of the orange (where the navel is) so that you don’t separate the individual orange segments.
Grab a washed celery stick and cut it into 1½” – 2″ sections. My preference is to cut the ends at a sharp angle, which helps when you need to wedge it into the top of the orange. With a gentle touch, tuck the piece of celery into the top of the orange. When you are done, it should look like the stem of a pumpkin.
If you prefer, you could also add a sprig of celery leaves to the top of the orange. It’s another nice feature; however, we always end up nibbling the leaves during the construction process! By the time our pumpkins hit the stores here locally, none of them have any leaves on them anyway. It’s always just a pumpkin, and an adorable stem!
Making Pumpkin Oranges is colorful and fun, and what a wonderful way to spend quality time with your family and friends! These nutritious snacks look amazing when presented in a grouping, especially on a festive tray. Enjoy!