While it is best to eat citrus with the membrane and the white stringy parts since they contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol, sometimes it is necessary to use just the flesh with all the rind, pith, seeds and membrane removed. This is called the supreme. Here is a step by step guide to getting to that jewel like citrus flesh.

  1. With a sharp knife cut the top and bottom from the citrus.

    Follow the curve of the fruit to cut off the pith and rind

  2. Following the curve of the fruit, cut off the pith (bitter white part) and the rind. Check to be sure you have removed all the pith and trim if necessary.

    Cut down the sides of the membranes to remove the supreme

  3. Find the white lines (the membrane edges) running down the side of the fruit and slice your knife down one side to the center and then up the other side of the membrane to remove the supreme flesh. Do this over a bowl to catch all the juice for later use.
  4. Remove any seeds before using the supremes.
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