Our series “Whisk” offers sage advice on becoming a better home chef by using the best ingredients, tools, and techniques. Kellie Hemmerly, author of The Suburban Soapbox, shows us three ways to cut an orange for easy consumption.

Cutting an orange may seem like a straight forward task, but there’s more than one way to slice one up. Whether you’re a fan of orange wedges or segments there are multiple ways to use orange slices to zhuzh up any dish or snack.

Sure, eating Cushman’s HoneyBells or Cara Cara oranges out of the palm of your hand is refreshing, but here are three ways to transform your favorite citrus fruit for multiple uses.

A photo of how to cut oranges with segmented oranges arranged on a marble top counter.

Segmented for easy enjoyment

First up is segmenting. This easy two-step process gives you bite-sized snacks that are perfect in salads or smoothie bowls. The juice can be saved to make salad dressing or to add to your morning juice blend.

  • Remove the peel using a sharp knife, cutting in a downward motion.
  • Cut between each membrane to reveal the juicy segments.
  • A photo of how to cut oranges with slices of peeled oranges on a marble top counter.

    Slices of color

    Next up is slicing. Orange slices look stunning arranged in a fruit salad or on a pile of greens. You can also spruce up sandwiches with a few slices for an extra citrus-y shot of flavor.

  • Just like the segmented orange, you will start by cutting off the peel with a sharp knife.
  • Carefully slice the orange into beautiful rounds.
  • A photo of how to cut an orange with wedges of oranges arranged in a circle.

    A wedge of pure flavor

    Last, but certainly not least, is the classic cut: the wedge. Orange wedges hold their shape in a lunch box, no matter how rough the terrain is on the way to school or work. They’re the perfect way to end your lunch break or to enjoy as a midday snack.

  • Simply cut an unpeeled orange into wedges. It’s that simple.
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