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How to Supreme an Orange

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
  • Bowl



  1. Cut off both ends of the orange to create a flat surface. Cut down far enough you can see the fruit.
  2. 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.
  3. Go back around the orange and shave off any pith left behind.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat all the way around the orange, the membrane left behind should look like the pages of a book.
  6. 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.

Savannah Says...

  1. What is the pith?

    1. 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.

    1. How am I supposed to cut the membrane off the last piece?

      1. With great care...

        At this point, you can often simply peel away the membrane to release the supreme.

      1. What can you use the supreme of an orange for?

        1. Anything you like!

          They make excellent salad toppers, dessert garnishes, or you could serve them with grilled meat or seafood and fresh herbs!

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