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How To Cut a Grapefruit Into Segments

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How To Cut a Grapefruit Into Segments

Poor grapefruit. This pleasantly tart wonder is probably the most underused citrus fruit in the world. Could it be because of its taste? Or because it's hard to cut? That's simply a pity because its sharp flavor is great in both sweet and savory recipes.

So let's give grapefruit a do over by learning how to cut it properly. This way you'll be able to use it in gourmet recipes like pasta salad and seafood dishes. Ready to get started?

Like any other fruit, the way you cut a grapefruit is determined by its use. Will you be juicing the fruit or eating it for breakfast? A simple slice in half will do. For other preparations you'll want to cut grapefruit into segments. Here's how to do it:

  • Slice off the top and bottom of the grapefruit using a sharp knife.
  • Stand the grapefruit on one of the sliced ends. Carefully cut off the rest of the skin using a top to bottom motion and rotating the fruit if necessarily. Be sure to cut off all of the white (this is known as the pith and it is bitter).
  • Just like an orange, your naked grapefruit will have segments divided by white lines. Using a pairing knife dig into each segment by cutting along the white line. That means you'll make two incisions to release each grapefruit segment.
  • It's a great idea to segment the grapefruit over a bowl to catch any leftover juices. Once you are done squeeze the remaining ''carcass'' to release any trapped juices.

The grapefruit is now ready to be added to salads, desserts or eaten with a hearty drizzle of honey. Tip for bakers: It's a good idea to zest the grapefruit before cutting and save it in the freezer. This way you can add it to cookies and cakes in a pinch. 

Is this how you cut grapefruit? Have your own tip on how to cut a grapefruit? Share in the comments below!

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