Hate peeling oranges? How to segment citrus fruits
I think the best way to learn this technique is to show rather than tell. I hope the images will give you a good idea of how to achieve these tempting bites.
Cutting a grapefruit or a navel orange uses an almost identical method. With the grapefruit you'll need to be aware of the seeds, but they are easy to spot and remove. The structure of the navel orange is a little more complex than the grapefruit. It may look a little odd when you remove the ends, but don't worry; the segments should be easy to identify and remove, you may just have a few small ones in the mix.
- Make a lot! Practice makes perfect, and these come out so juicy and delicious you will wish you had more.
- Set aside a small block of time and grab a big bowl to collect the discarded peels.
- If you are feeling ambitious, you can add the extra step of zesting the outside of the fruit before removing the peels. The zest can be stored in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
- Squeeze the removed peel over your cut segments to extract any additional juice.
- After removing the segments, save the inner remains to blend into smoothies. Take a few moments to make sure all the large seeds have been removed.
- The prepared citrus can go into a covered dish in the refrigerator for a few days. The segments can be eaten as is, piled on top of mixed greens for a super fancy salad, cooked down with a touch of sugar to make a compote, or heaped on top of yogurt for a quick anytime snack.
My most recent round of citrus segments included three red grapefruit, two large navel oranges, and a cup of pomegranate arils. The prepared fruit looked like a bowl of shining jewels. If I had let him, The Little Helping would have gobbled the entire bowl up in one sitting. Instead I served it atop a bed of arugula, spinach, and baby chard. No additional dressing was needed. Delicious!
How about a bowl of segmented grapefruit with a small diced avocado and a sprinkling of minced red onion? Gorgeous, full of flavor, packed with good-for-you vitamins, and so simple to throw together. Can you imagine it alongside a piping hot enchilada?
Give segmenting fruit a try. In no time you'll be enjoying bowls of sun-soaked citrus. Tell cold and flu season to take a hike and give those winter blues the boot. In your kitchen, there will be only sunshine and blue skies.
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