Want to learn how to Supreme or segment an orange?
Learn how to supreme an orange or any other citrus fruit (also called segmenting or sectioning) and you can make your salads look like they do at restaurants.
You may have noticed when you eat in a restaurant that the citrus segments have no membrane or white pith on them. This makes them easier to eat and they look nicer too. The membrane can be papery and has no taste.
Once you’ve practiced the “supreme” method a few times you will see how easy it is to do. Our step by step below with photos will help guide you.
What is the membrane of citrus fruit?
The membrane is like a coat for the actual fruit segments or sections, inside the peel, helping hold the pieces together. The texture is thin and papery, and relatively easy to remove. You can remove the membrane from any orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon.
Once removed the citrus segments are considered “Citrus Supreme”.
Our Tricolore Salad is topped with perfect orange “supreme”
Step by Step on how to supreme or segment oranges or any citrus fruit:
Step 1: Cut off both ends of the orange
Step 2: Stand the orange upright and with your knife and cut downward to remove the peel and pith.
Follow the natural curve of the orange from top to bottom. Continue around the orange until all peel and pith are removed.
Step 3: Once you have removed the peel you can easily see the membranes between each segment. Slice on each side of the membrane to remove the segment.
Step 4: Continue until each segment is removed
Pro Tips for segmenting citrus:
- Use a very sharp knife. We recommend a serrated knife with a sharp tip
- Cold oranges are easier to cut and segment
- Navel, Valencia, and Blood Oranges are easiest to segment because they are firmer. Softer oranges, such as Cara Cara, Mandarins, and Satsumas can be segmented but it can be harder to get a clean cut.
Other Salads and Vinaigrette Dressing recipes you might like:
- Tricolore Salad with Oranges topped with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette
- Our Arugula Beet Avocado Salad uses orange segments too
- Try our Classic Champagne or Balsamic Vinaigrettes or our Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing.
How to Supreme an Orange (or any citrus fruit)
- Serrated knife
- 1 cold orange, Navel, Valencia, Blood Oranges or any cold citrus
- Step 1: Cut off both ends of the orange so it sits flat on the cutting board
- Step 2: Stand the orange upright and with the knife cut downward to remove the peel and the pithFollow the natural curve of the orange from top to bottom. Continue around the orange until all peel and pith are removed.
- Step 3: Once all peel is removed you can easily see the membrane between each segment. Slice on each side of the membrane to remove each segment individually.
- Step 4: Continue until each segment is removed