MadSci Network: Botany

Re: Is the juice from orange skin inflammable?

Date: Thu Aug 24 21:54:05 2000
Posted By: Richard Kingsley, Science teacher
Area of science: Botany
ID: 967141445.Bt

The liquid in the orange peel contains a chemical called limonene. Limonene is not flammable unless it is mixed thoroughly with air in the form of a spray. Therefore, if you squeeze the peel directly into the flame you will get sparks, but if you collect a small amount of the liquid in a cup, it will not combust.

Richard Kingsley

Also see Re: fire by Ken Johnsen

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