Sunshine in Your Fridge: Grapefruit Made Less Sour

January 16, 2012   17 Comments

Do you know when citrus fruits are in season? The one bright spot of the winter growing season is that NOW is the best time for fresh oranges and grapefruits.

Grapefruit Sweeter

Hey, it might be dark at 7 AM, but at least you can get a fresh grapefruit for $1.

I have never been a fan of grapefruit because I couldn't figure out how to eat it. I don't like just peeling of sections because the skin is tough - and I find scooping out little pieces to be a pain.

Also, I have found it to be too face "puckeringly" sour. The pith (white part) is pretty bitter too. The problem with being a healthy eating guru (with a cape) is that you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

First, I had to learn how to cut a grapefruit in a lightening fast fashion. I found this great instructional video on YouTube by Produce Geek:

Why didn't I think of that? First, cut off the two ends and then cut around the grapefruit to remove the peel. Slice it into little sections and eat!

I tried this method and was cranking out slices that didn't have the bitter pith or tough skin. almost yummy. I still had the problem that I found it too sour.

My husband told me that his mother would sprinkle sugar on grapefruit and leave it in the fridge overnight. So, I sprinkled a mere TEASPOON of sugar onto my newly sliced grapefruit.

When I woke up in the next morning, I made my coffee and got out my container of grapefruit. To my amazement I found it sparkling. The dark, cold morning was greeted by a blast of Florida sunshine.

I was feeling so good, I even shared it with my husband (nice of me). Then I started singing about rainbows :)

Here are the nutritional facts for a grapefruit and a teaspoon of sugar:

90 calories, 0.1 g fat, 22.9 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 1.4 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 0 Points+

Don't forget - you also get 73% of your daily value of vitamin C and 24% of your daily value of vitamin A with that bad boy.

The nice thing about slicing it up at night is that you can grab it while you run around trying to get out the door.

How do you serve grapefruit? Please share.

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It's true fact that grapefruit and oranges are the most popular fruits to get vitamin C in our daily life.I love oranges..In summers this is my true companion which save from many weakness.

I've always eaten my grapefruit broiled. It's a trick I picked up years ago from Martha Stewart. You cut your grapefruit in half, and let your halves grill under the broiler for 5 minutes. You don't even need sugar (although, I do put a bit on myself). The heat brings out the sweetness, it's such a treat on days like today when it's -25 (Celsius) outside. So simple and delicious.

Love the "how to" for cutting. For those who can't do sugar or want an alternative, for years I've put a couple of drops of Stevia on my grapefruit - yum!

Hi Snackgirl

I have stolen this article (but given you credit and put a link to your website so prehaps stolen is the wrong word!)

Keep up the good work! information is power and all that!

My dad always just cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkled equal on it. Also they make special spoons with serrated tips that make digging the sections out super easy.

I almost didn't watch the video, but glad I did...I may cut up a few & have them in the fridge ready for breakfast or snacks. My son LOVES grapefruit & we have a special little tool from pampered chef that someone gave me - lets you cut around & separate the sections, but I'm going to try this quick method too!

A Country Girl taught me to sprinkle just a little salt on the grapefruit to cut the sour and the acid, she also taught me to cut the peel off and slice into rings. Thanks Mom.

I'm lucky - have always loved grapefruit without any added extras...and REALLY LUCKY now that we have our very own tree of Ruby Reds...YUM! Enjoying the harvest this season!!!

I peel it and section it like an orange. I take the thin membrane off each section and eat it just as it is. So good. Plus it's like eating nuts in the shell, it takes a while to do this so instead of mindlessly eating while watching a movie I do this instead. Low calorie and good for you!

I like my grapefruit plain, without sugar, but I have on occasion broiled it (like monique) with brown sugar. It adds a sweet crunch that is almost elegant.

Thanks, snack girl! Will definietly use this tip - especially the first peeling trick and the sugaring the night before! Thrilled to have seen this!!!

@Amanda villegas

I grew up eatting grapefruit cut in half with equal because of my mom. In fact, it tastes weird if I use another sweetener. I will have to try broilling it without any sweetener.

Be sure, if you are taking blood pressure meds, that there is not a warning not to eat grapefruit.

meh. not for me. I won't tolerate losing all that juice & fruit. just cut in half & eat out the fruit.

I have a husband and I are living in the south of France where they grow plenty of grapefruits...all of which are completely inedible due to how truly sour they are. Our neighbor just gave me her entire crop of Sour grapefruits and, other than marmalade which I have made a lot, I have no idea what else to do with them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I cut out the grapefruit and send 7-8 Ruby Red grapefruits through a VITAMIX machine. OH MY!! It is bliss!! You can drink it cold from the fridge in the morning-delicious. I do about 300-400 grapefruits like this, an CAN THEM through home canning in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes. I am telling you- nothing beats winter than opening a can of that every day. I get the grapefruits at Aldi for 50 cents each in August during prime season. It's alot of work by well WORTH IT! And nothing compares to a VITAMIX machine to pulverize everything. It brings out the sweetness, I really believe! Also I can these with absolutely NO SUGAR, and it is beyond delicious.

34 second video – 26 seconds to completely cut up a grapefruit

I’ve never seen it done this way.

Here is a great way to cut up a grapefruit that lets you EASILY eat the entire grapefruit – including the internal skin that surrounds each segment. If you watch the clock, that was 26 seconds from first cut to perfect pieces of grapefruit.

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