The internet blew up yesterday after a photo of a shelf of peeled oranges in plastic containers went viral. The photo was taken by one Nathalie Gordon who spotted the naked oranges for sale at Whole Foods. Yes, Whole Foods, also known as the place that tried to sell asparagus water for $6. The displayed price on this shelf of oranges reads "$5.99/LB (REG $6.99/LB)." Of note: These are actually Sumo tangerines, a somewhat harder to find citrus fruit than, say, the average Navel orange, but by all accounts incredibly easy to peel thanks to its nipple-like top knot which provides a nice grip.
If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them. pic.twitter.com/00YECaHB4D— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) March 3, 2016
Whole Foods noticed the tweet a few hours after it was posted and apologized:
@awlilnatty Definitely our mistake. These have been pulled. We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel.— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) March 3, 2016
"A lot of our customers love the convenience of our cut produce offerings, but this was a simple case where a handful of stores experimented with a seasonal product spotlight that wasn't fully thought through. We're glad some customers pointed it out so we could take a closer look."
Meanwhile, Twitter is still all abuzz, and the conversation has turned political.
So far neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have weighed in but fake Bernie Sanders does have this to say about citrus:
GRAPEFRUITS ARE ORANGES WITHOUT HOPE— Bernie Thoughts (@berniethoughts) January 15, 2016