Apples and Oranges

Almost everyone has heard the phrase “well, that’s like comparing apples to oranges.” This saying is usually used when someone is trying to compare two completely opposite objects. However, if one takes a closer look, they can also see many similarities between apples and oranges.
While both apples and oranges are wildly popular fruits, apples differ greatly from oranges. Not only is the smooth skin of the apple edible, it also varies in color. Apples may come in red, green, or even a yellow-pink color; the Macintosh apple, for example. Also, apples have both a tough core and are sold with the stem still on them. Even though all apples have seeds, they are commonly used in cooking and baking. Apples have a more solid, crunchy, flesh to them, which makes them easier to cook with. Apples can only grow well in mild climates, such as autumn in Ohio. While apples have a very subtle smell, they have a relatively strong, sweet, and sometimes tart, taste. Apples are also used more in allusion than oranges. For example, teachers are often depicted as having apples on their desks, and of course, the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” All of these are opposite of the apple’s citrus cousin – the orange.
Oranges have a very strong scent and a rough texture. While their rind or juice may be used in some recipes, it is uncommon for one to cook or bake with the pulp. Oranges may come with seeds or seedless, but all oranges are orange – hence the name. Oranges grow better in tropical climates, such as Florida or California. For this reason, oranges can be bought all year round. Oranges do not have a core; however, their peel is very rough and not commonly considered edible.
After examining the contrast of apples and oranges, it is easy to see how one can misuse this saying. However, these healthy fruits both make juice, have a round shape, and grow on trees. Therefore, these similarities make the saying “that’s like comparing apples to.