Apples To Oranges: How They Really Stack Up

It’s one of the oldest sayings in the book– when two things just can’t be compared, we’ve all heard the excuse “It’s like apples and oranges.”  We decided to settle the age-old adage once and for all by pitting the two fruits against one another to see if it really is impossible to compare the two, and here’s what we came up with.

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A Libyan customer holds a plastic bag as
Winner Apples run the gamut, from sweet to sour, juicy to grainy... there's an apple to fit any palate.
Sweet, juicy and citric are the things that come to mind for pretty much all oranges.
Winner "MacIntosh," "Granny Smith," "Macoun"... there's some fun names for types of apples. And literally naming a variety "Delicious" takes guts.
"Navel" and "Blood" aren't the most appetizing names for something to eat.
Rustic New England orchards.
Winner Groves in sunny Florida!
Winner Nothing says apples like a breezy Fall day. On the downside you may need a jacket.
Summer is warm and sunny, the perfect time to enjoy an orange. But that humidity...
Cut it in slices, or just eat it from your hand.
Winner Peel it and eat the individual bite-size wedges.
Very sweet and refreshing, but also kind of kid-centric.
Winner OJ is an absolute staple when it comes to breakfast foods.
Winner Red, Green, Gold.. or anywhere in between.
Um... Orange. Kind of repetitive.
Apple pie is as classic as it comes when dessert is concerned.
Winner Two words: Orange Julius
Winner An awesome computer company.
A big-time college Football game.
Winner "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Words to live by.
"Rhymes with orange" is a pretty passive aggressive sort of dismissal.
A core is compact, but it gets gross if you don't throw it away quickly.
Winner A rind can go down the garbage disposal to freshen up the kitchen.

The Winner Is

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Winner Apples
6 out of 11

It was a close race, but in the end apples take home the gold by our count. There's certainly countless more ways the two fruits can be compared but more than anything we set out to disprove the tired, old saying... and we did just that!


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