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Grapefruit and Salt?

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. 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.

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: meatn3

            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....

          2. 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.

              1. I grew up with salted grapefruit.

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

                  1. I salt grapefruit.

                    Also watermelon and apples.

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

                        Pineapples, papaya, watermelon, etc.

                        1. 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.

                          1. I've salted my grapefruit all my life, something I learned from my dad. He told me the practice started during WW2, when there was a scarcity of sugar. To me, grapefruit (my favorite food!) doesn't taste right without salt!

                            1. My mother ate grapefruit this way -- it does blunt the sourness and bring out a natural sweetness.