How to segment an orange in 3 easy steps

October 6, 2015 | By More

how to segment an orange - thumbnailThere are times when you want to go above and beyond to make sure a plate looks spectacular. Today, I will share a tip to segment oranges you can use for salads, desserts and all sorts of dishes.

First, you will find a video where I show how to use a knife to segment an orange, and after that, you will find a written summary.

Let’s begin with the video, here it comes:

In this article, I will show you how to segment an orange easily. I can’t believe that I had never done this before in my life. It’s just one of those things that I had at the back of my mind that it was going to be messy, tricky, difficult.

But, I had a salad I wanted to make sure presented really well, it’s a duck salad (my favorite ingredient) and duck and orange just go together, so I decided it was time to try, it’s so easy and it’s well worth the effort.

Start with a sharp knife

The first and most important things is that you start with a very sharp knife, because this will never succeed unless you have a sharp knife with you.

Then, get a peeled orange and make sure you get all of the white pith off because it has a bitter taste.

After removing the white pith, you will be able to see the white lines where each orange segment starts and ends as shown here:

how to segment an orange -  where to cut

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By cutting between those lines, you get rid of all the stringy parts and you just end up with beautiful and delicious orange pieces.

Cutting the orange segments is quite simple. You just slide down one side next to one of the white lines, and then the other side as if you were cutting a slice of cake.

cutting a segment

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After you cut both sides, you will get an orange segment that looks like this:

this is what an orange segment looks like

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When you are done cutting the orange segments, this is what the orange will look like:

how to segment an orange -  what  the center looks like

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Make sure you don’t waste the center part of the orange at the end. Often, if I am using this for a salad, I’ll make an orange based vinaigrette dressing to go with it as well. So, as long as you have clean hands or kitchen gloves, you just wring the juice out of the orange and you avoid wasting it. All that you are discarding is the leftover threads in the membranes.

Like orange? See how you can use it with duck over here: Delicious duck roast recipe

I hope you find these tips to be useful. If you do, please share this post with your friends on Facebook so they learn how to segment an orange too.

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