For an easy fruit-salad upgrade, try segmenting your citrus.

By Janet Taylor McCracken
April 27, 2018
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assorted citrus fruit halves and whole
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In the culinary world, citrus segments are called supremes (pronounced su-PREMS). The process gets rid of the membranes between the wedges and the bitter white pith. It takes about as long as peeling but makes the fruit tastier—and prettier, too. Now orange you fancy?

How to Supreme an Orange

Step 1

cut-off citrus ends
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Cut off a half-inch sliver from the top and the bottom of the fruit. Place one of the flat ends on a cutting board.

Step 2

cut-off citrus peel
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Following the curve of the fruit, cut off the peel and white pith. Careful not to remove too much fruit!

Step 3

Cut citrus into segments
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Hold the fruit in one hand and, working over a bowl, cut between the membranes to release the segments.

Think you've got the technique down? Now try it out on these recipes! 

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