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Grapefruit and Salt?

blythe Jun 29, 2013 10:48 PM

A friend had mentioned that his grandfather liked his grapefruit with salt? Does anyone else do this?
I put salt on my tomatoes - makes the sweetness come out (just like putting a dash of salt into sweets (cookies /cakes)).

I HATE grapefruit. Can anyone tell me why one might do this?

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  1. Tripeler RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 05:33 AM

    I have grapefruit in sections that are entirely peeled. If it is a little sour, a little salt sprinkled on the sections somehow makes them sweeter. Give it a try -- you may like it.

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      wyogal RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 05:35 AM

      You answered your own question, brings out the sweetness. Same with a little salt on a lemon.

      1. MGZ RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 06:17 AM

        I love a sprinkle of salt on grapefruit wedges. I also like minced habaneros and ground black pepper on fresh melon chunks.

        1. meatn3 RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 06:18 AM

          My Grandfather always did this, he'd be over 100 now if he were still alive. He just felt it tasted better that way - but he was of the heavy salt generation. I used to see a lot of older folks put salt in watermelon too.

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            cresyd RE: meatn3 Jul 1, 2013 01:52 AM

            This is probably within the same idea of matching very salty cheese with watermelon. Which then brings up the idea of pairing grapefruit with salty cheese....

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            pine time RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 09:07 AM

            Growing up, we salted grapefruit, apples, oranges and watermelon. Don't know why we didn't salt other melons, though. I don't salt any of those today.

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              blythe RE: blythe Jun 30, 2013 10:51 PM

              Thanks everyone!

              1. PotatoHouse RE: blythe Jul 1, 2013 05:10 AM

                I grew up with salted grapefruit.

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                  SteveRosen RE: blythe Jul 1, 2013 02:24 PM

                  added salt to fruits is common. watermelon begs for some salt. salty cheeses and fruit and glass of vino...

                  1. DoobieWah RE: blythe Jul 1, 2013 02:36 PM

                    I salt grapefruit.

                    Also watermelon and apples.

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                      tracytrace RE: blythe Jul 2, 2013 06:54 PM

                      I put salt and pepper on grapefruit. Also s/p on melons, most oranges, and mango. Salt only on many apples and pears, pepper only on many plums and grapes. Yum.

                      1. ipsedixit RE: blythe Jul 2, 2013 06:59 PM

                        My mom does this all the time, and not just with grapefruit.

                        Pineapples, papaya, watermelon, etc.

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                          holypeaches RE: blythe Jul 4, 2013 10:05 AM

                          Yes, also other citrus and watermelon. I also will caramelize sugar on grapefruit for after dinner. Something light and sweet and reminds of my grandma.

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