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Back to Basics: How to Segment Citrus

Segmenting citrus fruits isn’t difficult. Just follow Brian Samuels great step by step guide and you’ll be safe.
By Brian Samuels

Step 1. Cut off both ends of the citrus. Be aware that some citrus has more pith than others, but you want to cut off to the point where there is no more white.

Step 2.  Place the fruit on one flat end and cut off the peel and pith, working your way down lengthwise with the knife.

Step 3. At this point, you will want to work over a bowl.  Carefully cut between the membrane on either side of the segment (there are lines designating where the fruit segment is held).  This will release the segment and you can let it drop into the bowl.  Save all the remaining juices (if you are making a salad, this can be used for the vinaigrette).

If you are looking for a great way to use these grapefruit segments, check out this recipe for Grapefruit Cake.


Brian Samuels

Brian Samuels

Brian Samuels is a Boston-based event and food photographer and writer. He is the creator of the food blog, A Thought For Food, a collection of recipes, personal anecdotes, and historical information pertaining to cooking. In 2011, his blog was featured as one of Saveur's "Sites We Love". His work has also been regularly featured on The Kitchn, Tastespotting, and FoodGawker.

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Originally Published: January 3, 2014

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