A hybrid fruit composed of both orange and oriental grapefruit, it’s one of the newcomers to the citrus world. Although it has been grown in Florida since the 1830s, this tropical fruit has only been sold everywhere since the early 1900s. The United States produces the majority of grapefruit for the world, with Florida being their largest origin. This fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C.
You can find it with or without seeds and it comes in two categories: white and pink. Its flesh varies from yellowish-white to dark red through light pink. It tastes tangy and refreshing and goes well with salads and desserts.
Choose the one that is heavy for its size – it reveals its juiciness.If you squeeze it gently, it should be firm and yet spongy.Its bark must be shiny and smooth. Avoid soft spots. Small brands do not affect the quality of grapefruit. Depending on the variety chosen, the yellow bark may have a slightly pinkish hue. For maximum freshness, refrigerate them in a plastic bag for up to two weeks. You can also keep them at a cool room temperature for several days.
This fruit is juicier and sweeter if left at room temperature before serving. Wash it thoroughly before cutting or removing the peel – even if you plan to discard the bark – to remove wax and pesticide residues. To serve half of grapefruit, use a serrated knife or peeler to free the triangular quarters of the bark and membranes. Separating it into quarters, remove the peel, marrow and membranes from each quarter. This makes it much more attractive and much easier to enjoy in salads or other dishes. To separate it into quarters:
– Cut a ½ inch thick slice in the top and bottom of the fruit.
– Remove the bark and marrow with a sharp knife peeler with a downward movement that follows the shape of the fruit.
– Work over a bowl to get all the juice, cut each side of the membrane and remove each quarter of grapefruit.
- Grill or roast slices of grapefruit: they go wonderfully with cooked fish, pork or chicken. Brush the fruit with your favorite barbecue sauce or vinaigrette while cooking.
- Add wedges to your fruit salad or green salad: what an explosion of refreshing flavor!
- Add grapefruit wedges to the Lemon or Orange Jell-O Molded Gelatin Salad.
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon and brown sugar on the half grapefruit, put in the oven for toasting and garnish with a little yogurt. An easy dessert or a delicious lunch!
- Squeeze a grapefruit and add the juice to your favorite shake.
- Use grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice or vinegar in your homemade salad dressings.
- In many recipes, it can replace oranges or pineapple.