The Best / Easiest way to remove the pith of the orange:
- Lay orange on it's side.
- With sharp knife, slice top and bottom to create a flat base -- approx 1/2 " from top/bottom
- Turn orange so one of the just cut ends sit on the cutting board.
- Using knife, slice down from top to bottom (following the contour of the orange), a thin cut of peel/pith from the orange -- turning the orange around to remove entire peel/pith.
Once you've done this a few times, you will lose very little "meat" from the orange.
Now you've got your orange cleaned of pith and peel.
For a decorative presentation, you can cut these across the segments, displaying them as rounds.
If you'd like to go further, to add a bit of elegance to a green salad, fruit salad, or desert -- you can Supreme the orange => See link below.
This involves separating segments from their membranes..
Furthermore, to add a hint of orange flavor to frosting's, salads, baking goods, cooked foods, etc. -- you can remove and use the orange's zest (thin orange colored layer, just above the pith -- actually the "skin" of the orange)..
· 1 decade ago