Feb 19

How to: Segment an Orange (or Other Citrus Fruits)


How to: Segment an Orange Tutorial Citrus

Each time we travel to California for Christmas, I become mesmerized by the brightly colored globes of fruit dangling from my in-laws’ citrus trees. The navel oranges are filled with sweet juice, which drips down our chins and arms as we suck on wedges at breakfast time. Just before we leave for home, my father-in-law picks a generous selection of the orange fruit and Meyer lemons for us to take with us. We happily tuck our bounty into the car and begin dreaming of the desserts, salads, and drinks we can make with our stash.

When using oranges in recipes, it is preferable to extract the edible part of the fruit, leaving the membranes behind. Yes, the membranes are edible, but often get in the way when making salads and sauces. This method of remove the segments is easy, and allows the fruit to remain intact, which looks appealing in many dishes.

Be sure to check out the other how-to tutorials on Cookin’ Canuck.

How to do it:

Cut off both ends of the fruit and rest the fruit on one of the flat ends.

Starting at the top of the fruit and using the middle of the knife blade, cut away the skin and pith.

Segment Orange Collage

Slice each segment away from the connective membranes and use the knife to scoop the segments away from the fruit.

Segment Orange Collage 2

Now go enjoy the season’s sweetest fruit!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chef E February 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love citrus! Great tutorial…


2 Pegasuslegend February 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Awesome instructions! This is perfect!


3 thenewlywedchefs.com February 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Not only is this post super informative, but the picture is BEAUTIFUL!


4 Tricia @ Saving room for dessert February 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

Wow – I never knew you could do that! I feel funny saying that but thanks so much! I will give it a try and I can't stop thinking about that Focaccia bread. I think I have to make it tomorrow. Thanks again.


5 Elin February 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

Hey CC…thanks for sharing . Great tutorial :) Thanks for sharing and now I know how to segment an orange neatly .

Have a great weekend :)



6 Kay Heritage February 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

Great looking knife! What is the brand, Dara? Love your tutorials!


7 Cookin' Canuck February 20, 2011 at 4:03 am

Thanks for all of your comments. I'm glad everyone finds this tutorial helpful.

Kay – The knife is a Shun and I absolutely adore it!


8 Ang February 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

Okay, love the knife! This makes me very parched. I need some fresh orange juice. :)


9 warmvanillasugar February 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

You have saved me. Let's face it, I'm weird. I will not under any circumstances peel my own orange. I don't like the rind getting under my nails. This is the solution I've been looking for since I left home!! THANK YOU!


10 Anonymous February 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

This is beautifully done but I have to comment, some of us are just segmenting challenged! I grew up watching my mom do this with ease… she tried to teach my sister and I… neither of us can do it well after forty years of trying. So don't be discouraged if this still doesn't 'cut' it for you.


11 Eliana February 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This is an awesome tutorial. Segmenting oranges can get a little tricky but you broke it down really well here. And with so much great citrus out right now, I just wanna get out and grab myself a few oranges now.


12 LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! February 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

such a great tutotrial. segmented citrus is so much more beautiful that wedges and so much easier than i thought!


13 LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! February 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

such a great tutotrial. segmented citrus is so much more beautiful that wedges and so much easier than i thought!


14 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Love your tutorials!!


15 Katrina February 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Great tutorial! I love your photos too! :)


16 Rosemary February 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I love this series . . . so often I *wing* things without really knowing how to do stuff. Segmenting citrus does look easier than I thought.


17 Belinda @zomppa February 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I am so impatient to do this. =) I'm so excited b/c I'm getting a Shun too! Beautiful photos.


18 Drick February 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

tedious work, sectioning fruit but ain't nothing better than a big ol' bowl of fresh ambrosia … makes me want some right now


19 marla February 21, 2011 at 3:27 am

I now crave those oranges & your Santoku knife 😉 Too bad we are not here when you are otherwise I would insist on a meet up. With the oranges. xo
Thanks for the lesson too – well needed.


20 miss February 21, 2011 at 4:38 am

Another awesome tutorial! You make it look so easy!


21 A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Great photos, Dara! I segment oranges and grapefruits for salad a lot–they just look so much prettier that way!


22 Mary at n00bcakes February 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

How interesting; I'd never thought of segmenting citrus in order to get rid of the membranes (usually I just ignore them). Great how-to, thanks for sharing!


23 sanjeeta kk February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Quite interesting, just need a sharp knife to do the job.


24 Maria February 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Another great tip! Thanks for sharing!


25 Jenny February 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Love the how to posts Dara, great photos too :)


26 doughmesstic February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Really enjoying your tutorials – keep it up! And to think all this time I've just been peeling the orange. Ugh.


27 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker February 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I am absolutely loving your tutorials, so very helpful! And this one is especially great – a perfectly segmented orange is so pretty!


28 RecipeGirl February 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

You sure have some neat, worthwhile tips here on this blog of yours. Love this one!


29 Tracy February 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Great tutorial; I am loving these! :-)


30 Sonia February 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Wow! Great tutorial. I can’t wait to try this. Looks so good, I am craving an Orange now.


31 dimitria April 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

i would love to pin “how to segment an orange” but it is not available?


32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

Sorry about that, Dimitria. The problem should be fixed now. Pin away!


33 Bobs March 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m from Orange country in California. Put them in the frig over night. Then cut them in quarters and suck em up. There is no other way. Yum. Love me some Orange.


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