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How to Section Citrus Fruits


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How to Section Citrus Fruits


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Peeling oranges by hand and pulling the sections apart is fine for eating them out of hand, but when using citrus of any kind in fruit salads, tarts, or other dishes, you usually want a more thorough removal of pith and peel (these sections are called "supremes" by chefs). This easy-to-follow step-by-step guide shows you how to peel and section citrus like a pro.

Start with ripe oranges or tangerines, grapefruits, or lemons (we’re using an orange here, but the principle is the same for all citrus). You can even cut limes into supremes, if you're feeling adventurous. Look for citrus fruits that are firm and feel heavy for their size.

Note that this method is especially useful if you get your hands on blood oranges, since they are more difficult to peel than other oranges and they show off their brilliant color best when free of pith and membrane.

Citrus supremes are perfect in Fennel Orange Salad, Beet and Orange Salad, or Citrus Pomegranate Salad.

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