HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Get great advice
TELL US

Grapefruit and Salt?

b
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?
Thanks!

  1. h
    holypeaches 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.

    1. ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 06:59 PM

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

      Pineapples, papaya, watermelon, etc.

      1. t
        tracytrace 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. DoobieWah Jul 1, 2013 02:36 PM

          I salt grapefruit.

          Also watermelon and apples.

          1. s
            SteveRosen 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. PotatoHouse Jul 1, 2013 05:10 AM

              I grew up with salted grapefruit.

              1. b
                blythe Jun 30, 2013 10:51 PM

                Thanks everyone!

                1. p
                  pine time 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.

                  1. meatn3 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.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: meatn3
                      c
                      cresyd 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....

                    2. MGZ 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. w
                        wyogal Jun 30, 2013 05:35 AM

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

                        1. Tripeler 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.

                          Show Hidden Posts