The “supreme” of an orange is the perfect segment of fruit with all the peel, pith, and membrane removed. It’s a bit more of an advanced technique in that it may take some practice but the process if fairly simple and straightforward.
What You’ll Need:
- Cutting Board
- Chefs Knife
- Paring Knife
- Cut off both ends of the orange to create a flat surface. Cut down far enough you can see the fruit.
- Set the orange on one of its ends and holding your knife at a 45-degree angle, cut the peel off in strips, angle your knife to follow the curve of the orange.
- Go back around the orange and shave off any pith left behind.
- Take your paring knife and hold the orange over a bowl to catch the juice. Cut in between the membranes on either side and wiggle the knife to release a supreme of the orange.
- Repeat all the way around the orange, the membrane left behind should look like the pages of a book.
- Pat your supremes dry with a paper towel and use as desired. You may squeeze and save the excess juice from the core of the orange.
What is the pith?
- It is a godforsaken piece of sh...
The pith is the white part of the orange that appears when you zest away the top layer. It has a bitter taste and is considered undesirable.
How am I supposed to cut the membrane off the last piece?
- With great care...
At this point, you can often simply peel away the membrane to release the supreme.
What can you use the supreme of an orange for?
- Anything you like!
They make excellent salad toppers, dessert garnishes, or you could serve them with grilled meat or seafood and fresh herbs!