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Jan 16, 2014 06:25 AM

How do you eat your grapefruit?

Peel and wedge like an orange or dive in with a spoon? I'm in the latter group but always cut it the same way that my grandmother and mother always did for me as a child - fruit halved, then use a small knife to cut along the sides of each wedge and the base near the rind, then use a spoon to scoop out the wedge - and then finish by flipping the fruit inside out to get all of the remaining bits. Now that I typed it out, it seems like a lot of steps but I guess there's some nostalgia to it. Peeled and wedged like an orange never seems to bring the same satisfaction.

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  1. Peel, then separate into individual sections, then peel each section by hand and eat them entirely. It is a lot of work, but the only thing wasted are the membranes.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      That's how I do it too Tripeler. It can get a little sloppy but I have the system down pat

      1. re: mfb237

        so funny, exactly my experience! I have just fallen in love w/ pink/red grpfrt and the uniquely satisfying juiciness of them. My Dad used to cut around @ section when i was little, but i find that a very unsatisfying process.

        Have you had the 'famous' "sweetest" grapefruit from Texas? Long ago i was told about them by a TX friend, who also said their small harvest usually stays in TX. Someone said they have gone out of season now, so i have been trying a number of diff ones from FL lately and am hoping the supply will last, but do you know what the season is? and do you have preferences in origin?

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          I peel the grapefruit like an orange and eat the segments, membrane and all (not the seeds!). I have been eating Texas grapefruit as long as I can remember. They are still available at Monterey Market in Berkeley as of Sunday.

    2. Peel and eat the sections. My grandmother used to offer grapefruit halves and she had a special knife and spoons to cut and segment. Haven't had that in many, many years.

        1. I cut it in half, then use a regular spoon to get the wedges out. I slip it down on the left side, then, while keeping it pushed to the bottom, swing it around against the rind side and over against the right-hand membrane and pop the wedge out. This actually gets most of the wedges out in one piece, and I don't feel like I need a knife. Then I use the spoon to scrape out what's left of the pulp into a bowl, then squeeze the juice into the bowl (there's not much juice left after I've scraped the pulp out).

          1. Supreme, or cut in half along the equator, run a blade thu segments to free the meat, scoop and eat with spoon, squeeze the leavings in a glass and drink

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            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              Same here. Either supreme or cut in half. Very rarely peel and eat..