It seems like grapefruit finds a place in most diet programs. At around 80 calories for a medium fruit, it is indeed a bargain that boasts high Vitamin C and a bit of natural fiber. The pink variety even includes a healthy dose of lycopene. Grapefruit can be a refreshing snack or, paired with a boiled egg, a decent low-carb breakfast.
With all of the health benefits of grapefruit, why is it that we don't enjoy it more frequently? Let's face it...grapefruit can be difficult. It is not really easy to peel and, even if you manage to get to the fruit by peeling the tough rind, it doesn't really taste that great. Why is it so bitter? Chalk it up to the pith; that white, dry, cottony layer between the rind and the actual fruit. This insidious pith even manages to enrobe each juicy segment of fruit, making it that much more difficult to enjoy. Sure, you can slice it in half and try excavating each little morsel of fruit. Most of the time this results in sticky juice ending up everywhere except in your mouth. Consider yourself lucky if you get even a half teaspoon of mangled fruit pulp in this manner. It is enough to make you give up the grapefruit!
How to Enjoy a Grapefruit. Really.
People, you have not had grapefruit unti you have had enjoyed it supremed. It is easy to do and will change your outlook on this juicy, refreshing jewel. Grapefruit supreme is sweet, juicy, and refreshing. Give it a try! Here's how:
- Set your grapefruit on its side and carefully slice off the top and bottom of the fruit. This will prevent the fruit from rolling around and escaping to the floor.
- Place the grapefruit on its now sliced base.
- With a large, sharp knife, cut the rind off of the fruit. Start at the top of the fruit and cut downward with the contour of the fruit.
- Rotate the fruit and continue cutting the rind off in strips. You should end up with a whole fruit with the rind cut off. Don't worry if you missed some of the pith or cut into the fruit a little. No harm done.
- Place a bowl on the counter to catch all the juicy fruit.
- Now, hold the fruit loosely in your non-cutting hand. Using the same sharp knife, carefully cut into the fruit right between two segments. Repeat at the next segment. This does not have to be perfect. You will see that the beautiful little segment will easily come out, even if you don't cut exactly in between.
- Twist the knife slightly to remove the fruit segment and allow it to drop into the bowl you have placed on the counter.
- Continue cutting between segments until you have removed all of the luscious fruit.
- The empty pith and "core" of the fruit is all that is remaining. Don't throw it away yet! Gently squeeze the juice (there is a lot in there, still) into the bowl of grapefruit segments.
- Enjoy grapefruit as you never have before.
|Serving size: 1 Medium|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 20 g||7%|
|Sugar 16 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|