Peel To Seed: Minimizing Waste And Maximizing Taste

Food waste is a serious issue worldwide, and oranges are here to help. There numerous ways to appeal to the environmentally focused consumer and build upon your kitchen’s sustainability program. Use these cooking techniques from Sunkist to use oranges from peel to seed.


A great way to utilize excess citrus, garnishing kicks your presentation up a notch with a splash of color and aroma. Consider trying…. 

Wedges: The most common citrus garnish for dishes and beverages, they are best served perched on the rim of beverages or alongside seafood.

Wheels and Slices: Both decorative and edible, this is a nice way to touch up dishes.

Twists: A floating garnish consisting of a very thin section of citrus peel, twists add flavor and dimension to beverages because of the aromatic oils concentrated in the peel that are released. 


A technique that involves removing the peel and pith, then segmenting the remaining fruit, supreming is potentially the cleanest way to serve an orange. Here’s a quick step by step refresher on how to best supreme an orange.

Step 1: Slice the top and bottom so the fruit stands flat.

Step 2: Take a lighter pass when removing a section of the peel. This cut can serve as a placeholder for how deep you need to go with the rest of the orange.

Step 3: Remove all of the peel and pith by following the curve of the peel.

Step 4: When releasing segments, slice along each “side” to best remove it from the membrane.

For an extra level of sustainability, be sure to use the remaining fruit, as the shell should have lots of remaining juice.


Citrus has aromatic oils in its peel that can add a flavorful punch in your favorite recipes. Various testing tools and techniques yield different sizes of zest.

Fine Zest: Created by a microplane, rasper or grater, this is ideal for sale dressings, marinades and sauces. It also is a great addition to light baking mixes such as cake batter.

Course Zest: Created with a traditional zester, this adds texture and is great for salads or heartier baked goods.

Another technique involves using a knife to cut an initial piece of the peel off the fruit, and the either slicing or dicing the remainder. This thick zest is rich in texture and color.


Probably the first technique that comes to mind when you think of oranges, there’s nothing quite like a cup of fresh orange juice. For best results, roll the fruit on the countertop before juicing to break the juice sacs.


Indisputably the least used portion of an orange, the seeds actually provide additional nutritional benefits. They’re high in antioxidants and natural acids that promote prolonged energy storage.

For an easy and flavorful way to use orange seeds, infuse them with filtered water. The essential oils from the seeds will seep into the water, giving it a light, citrus flavor.