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How to Segment Citrus

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How to Segment Citrus

  1. Cut off the top and bottom.
  2. Cut away the peel and pith using curve.
  3. Release segments over a bowl.


For proper fruit work it’s handy to have a proper paring knife. Have a look online as there is a much wider selection and they tend to be much cheaper than the high street equivalents.
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How to Segment Citrus

Knowing how to segment citrus (“Supremes”) will allow you to properly present fruit salads, dressed desserts or sweet additions to standard salads and other savoury dishes. The following ‘how to’ breaks down this easy technique.

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1- Cut off the top and bottom. Cut off the top and bottom of the fruit so that it sits flat on the cutting board.

2- Cut away the peel and pith using curve. With a small, sharp knife, cut away one section of peel and bitter white pith, following the natural curve of the fruit from top to bottom. Continue around the citrus, cutting away sections of the peel and pith as you go. Trim any leftover pith once the peel has been removed.

3- Release segments over a bowl. Holding the fruit in your hand, with a bowl underneath, make two cuts within the membrane on either side of a segment, and with the second cut, lift the segment out of the membrane. Place the fruit on a plate or in another bowl. Continue around the whole fruit in the same fashion. You might wish to use the juice for a sauce or vinaigrette.


When working with fruit, be sure to use a different chopping board than what you use for savoury foods- you don’t want to end up with garlic tasting mango for example!

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