How to Segment an Orange

May 5, 2010 · 2 comments

It’s probably never occurred to you to eat an orange any other way other than cutting it into pieces with the skin on and sucking on each piece or peeling it and eating each segment. 99% of the time when I eat an orange that’s what I do too. But every once in awhile I like to get a little fancy and yesterday was one of those days. I never posted this picture of my breakfast because I didn’t get a full day of pictures in, but as you can see I ate a segmented orange for breakfast yesterday:

orange segments

Why is segmenting an orange a great way to eat an orange? No skin, no pith, no membrane, just pure orange goodness. Sure it takes a little work but once you have done a few you’ll be able to get one done very quickly.

Here are the steps to segment an orange:

Using a sharp knife and a sure hand,

  1. Slice off one end of the orange at the stem end, being sure to expose a good amount of inside orange.
  2. Turn the orange over and take a slice off of the other end of the orange.
  3. Set the orange on a cutting board flat side down.
  4. Now take your knife and follow the contour of the orange to slice off the skin and pith.
  5. Continue around the orange until all the skin and pith is gone.
  6. Hold the orange in your hand, over a bowl to catch the juice, and carefully run the blade of your knife down one side of the orange segment and then down the other side (either side of the membrane) - the clean segment should almost pop right out.
  7. Continue until you have completed segmenting the orange.
  8. Enjoy.

Still not sure what the heck I am talking about? Watch this video:

What do you think, too much work or totally worth it?

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William Hanson May 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I have an orange just about every day at noon time in my workplace lunch room. And I can tell you this… I won’t be segmenting that orange :-) (although it does look tasty)

Greg May 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Looks tasty, but a lot of trouble.

I usually just quarter the orange and peel the skin. That’s messy too, and certainly not as neat as your method.

Life’s all about compromises I guess…

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