Why Segment a Grapefruit?
What a lot of people don’t know is that grapefruit is not sour! Well, naturally it is a bit tart, but it is not supposed to be unenjoyable sour. It is only this way because of the rind — which should be removed through segmentation. It seemed daunting to me at first, but it was actually incredibly easy and fast! The segmentation process is actually why I wasn’t consuming grapefruit for a long while, but now I am hooked on these Texas Red’s! I had learned how to do it when I attended Matthew Kenney Culinary, but the chef that had demonstrated it during the class overcomplicated things. What I hope to deliver to you today is an easy and approachable segmentation method that will allow you to enjoy grapefruit more often, especially right now as it is at it’s peak!
My Favorite Grapefruit Variety
I have tried both Texas Red is hands down my favorite variety. I actually have a grapefruit tree in my garden but ironically enough, it is the white variety :/ Texas Reds are slightly sweeter than the white because of their growing location (soil and temperature) and are what I recommend!
Seasonality & Availability
Texas Red grapefruit are in season Jan-Mar, so NOW is the time to get your hands on some. If you’re in the US they actually have these Texas Reds from Winter Sweetz at Wal Mart through April:)
How To Segment A Grapefruit:
1. Cut off the top and bottom ends of the fruit, just enough to expose the flesh. Not only does this make it easier to peel the grapefruit by providing a base on this flat side that you created, it is also much safer!
2. Continue slicing off the peel and pith, from top to bottom, moving all the way around the grapefruit. Go back and cut off any remaining bits of white pith3. To remove the first segment, cut a small incision from the outside of the fruit into the center, just inside a membrane on either side of a section, then fold the knife over, lifting out the segment as you roll the knife up to allow the section to naturally come off of the fruit. This allows you to remove all of the fruit’s flesh and not leave some attached to the membrane to prevent waste! Repeat this step and remove all of the segments. (see video)
4. Repeat this process turning the grapefruit after every slice until you have removed all the segments from the grapefruit.
5. Discard the leftover grapefruit membrane and peels in your compost or trash bin.
How to Enjoy Your Grapefruit?
Enjoy the fruit as is (which is what I love to do), or utilize it in various recipes, such as salads, smoothies, salsas, broiled with sugar, cinnamon and mint, dipped in chocolate and even for homemade jams!
Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan or twitter @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of my recipes, I love to see your photos!
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Disclaimer: I was provided with Texas red grapefruits by Winter Sweetz to try and review on my blog, but all of the opinions shared are my own. I would not share anything on my blog unless I loved it 🙂