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How to cut an orange

In the post we cover how to cut an orange into slices, wedges and segments. All you need to do is follow the step by step guide below.

I also have you covered with a video that will take you through all the steps. Looking on how to make Supremes as well?

cutting oranges on a cutting board

How to cut an orange Video

Ingredients

  • Oranges

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • chef knife

3 Ways to Cut an Orange

This is a step by step guide on how to slice, wedge and segment an orange.

1. How to slice oranges

how to slice an orange

Wash your oranges before you go ahead and cut them. Citrus can be very dirty and you don’t want to contaminate the inside part of the orange.

You want to start by cutting off the top and bottom of the orange. Next you want to place the orange on one of the cut sides. This will help keep the orange standing while you cut.

Now you want to start at the top of the orange and slice away the oranges peel. Work your way down the curve of the orange making sure to cut the pith and peel. You can always use the peel for orange zest.

The pith is the white part under the skin. A chef knife or pairing knife can be used. I good knife that you might want to try is a boning knife seeing how its flexible.

Once you have gone around the whole orange you can go back and get the rest of the pith off that might of been missed.

Lay the orange on its side cutting slices across the orange. You can make the slices as thick or thin as you would like.

These slices are great for a fruit platter, garnish or serving as a side!

2. How to cut oranges into wedges

cutting oranges into wedges

Wash your oranges before you go ahead and cut them.

Orange wedges are a great snack or go great a a side with breakfast or lunch. This most likely is the most common way to cut an orange.

You simply cut the top and bottom off of the orange and then stand it on the cut bottom. Cut it down through the middle cutting it in half. Once you have the two halves you want to cut those in half and in half once more.

Now, take your wedges and cut off the edge that was the center of the orange that is actually called the endocarp. This is part of that white fibrous core.

This gives you a perfect orange wedge! Juicy and delicious treat to give your kiddos or pack as a snack.

3. How to cut oranges into segments

cutting orange segments

Wash your oranges before you go ahead and cut them, this is always a great idea.

When cutting your orange into segments you want to start out the same you would when you are cutting slices. Slice off the top and bottom and then stand the orange on the cut bottom.

Using a sharp knife you want to cut off the pith and peel by starting at the top of the orange and following the curve all the way to the bottom so that all you have is the orange and no more white.

Once all of the pith is off you want to hold the orange in your hand and find where the segments are. You will see thin white lines.

Cut at a slight angle following in between those lines. Cut on each side down toward the middle and it will give you perfect juicy segments.

These orange segments add a great freshness to a green salad or in a fruit salad.

You can use almost any knife to cut an orange but you really want to focus on having a sharp knife. The most common knife to cut with is a chef knife or a pairing knife works great.
You want to make sure the the orange is stable before you cut through it so that you are safe as you cut.

Orange Supremes are simply orange segments. This is the part of the orange that is in the middle of an orange wedge that we all know.
The key is when you cut these out your focus on cutting in between all the segments of the orange to avoid the membrane that is tougher to eat.

how to cut oranges

How to Cut an Orange (3 Ways) Home Cook Basics

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Three easy ways to cut an orange. Great for all different things like salads, garnish or just to have a juicy snack. We are going to cut orange slices, wedges and segments.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 62 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Orange

Instructions
 

Orange Slices

  • You always want to start by washing your orange. Although we aren't going to be eating the peel its always good practice to wash your produce before cutting it.
    Cut of the top and bottom of your orange.
    Using a sharp or serrated knife start at the top of the orange and work your way down around the curve of the orange cutting just under the pith of the peel so that all you have left is the orange. Continue all the way around the orange until there is no more white pith left.
    Lay the peeled orange on its side and cut slices across the orange making slices as thick or thin as you would like them to be.
    Orange slices are great on a fruit platter, garnish or to brighten up your dish.

Orange Wedges

  • Wash your orange and then cut of the top and bottom of your orange.
    With the top and bottom already cut off you want to stand the orange on the cut bottom and then cut it in half.
    Then you want to cut those halves in half and then each quarter will be cut in half again, making eight wedges.
    Lay the wedges on their sides and cut the white edge off that was in the center of the orange this is optional.
    These are great or snacks, sides fruit salad or drink garnish.

Orange Segments

  • Wash the orange and then cut off the top and bottom of your orange.
    Remove the skin and the pith "white part" off the orange. Slicing down all the way around the orange until there is no more white pith left.
    Then, holding the orange in your hand you want to cut along the thin lines you will see going down the orange. Cut slices close to each line making segment.
    These little segments are so juicy and delish! They are great for adding a fresh flavor to your green salad or fruit salad.

Notes

Watch the video to get a clear picture on how this is done!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 237mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 52mg
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