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Many people think of grapefruit as sour. It's not. Grapefruit pith is sour. Without it, a grapefruit is sweet and delicious. It also has far more minimal effect on blood sugar than it otherwise should, for yet to be determined reasons, and is a great food for a diet.

Here's how to eat a grapefruit just as you would an orange. A food hack, if you'll indulge the term, that saves a lot of slicing and sugaring.
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Step 1: Peel the fruit

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Not very complex. Peel the grapefruit as you would an orange. Thanks to the thick skin, it usually peels quite easily.

Step 2: Remove pith from the top half

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One you've removed the skin, you should have a denuded, and very sour fruit in your hands.

Grab on to the pitch near the very top of the fruit, as indicated by the image note below. If you're careful, you can actually peel off the pith, as seen in the second image. Generally, one can only get most of the top half of the pith with this method.

The third image shows the results.

Step 3: Split and peel some more

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At this point, you might want to hold the fruit in some paper towel. It's going to start to leak and get messy.

Split the grapefruit in half. Grab the remnants of the stem, noted below, and use that as a starting point to peel off more pith. You can see how it works in the second image.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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When you're done, you should have a juicy, sweet grapefruit.

Take off a slice as you would an orange and enjoy.
lemonie7 years ago
This isn't the way to do it. If I had a grapefruit right now I'd show differently. (The techinique involves using a knife)
Yeah, I posted the other method a while back. This is how we eat grapefruit at my house...we cut it with a it straight off the cutting board.

Mmm, that's how I was taught, nice pictures.

jeffreyf (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Despite Las Vegas' comments, everyone has a different method. I used to cut mine in half, and remove the slices with a knife, but I found this way less work. I just didn't know it was feasible until I discovered it was the pith that contained all the bitterness.
Mankind has been peeling citrus since its discovery. Cutting it in half and serving with a sectioning spoon (or later sectioning and serving with a teaspoon) was created by the hoity-toity upper class much later on. You should try peeling a lemon this way. Of course, that would be a waste of the very sweet and tasty lemon peel.
Without going to the trouble of buying a grapefruit and showing you pictures. Cut all of the skin away with a knife, then extract the segaments with a knife. You end up with sticky-fingers, but no nasty bits. Grapefruit can be very sweet and tassty, but as you observe, the pithy-bits are nasty. L
lisapnowak4 years ago
Jeff - have you ever tried it with Miracle Fruit? It makes the grapefruit sweet and delicious without the sugar or nasty artificial sweeteners.
MorganCrane6 years ago
I have to say, I may be hoity toity and even have grapefruit spoons. I enjoy cutting it in half, separating it out with my fancy spoon, and then drinking the juice out using the halved grapefruit as a cup. ...
thecattoy6 years ago
I have'not eaten one in YEARS & forgot the best way of eating one! the first 1/2 I murdered & didnt get much, then I used a knife & stood over the sink eating it- think I'll give the rest of them a way!
codongolev6 years ago
mmm.... I can taste that scurvy prevention!
puadxe6 years ago
Anyone else peel the skin off the individual slices as well? Makes a gigantic mess, but the naked slices look so pristine/holy-like. So I peel everything first, throw the crap away, arrange the slices on the plate, then wash my hands (sticky), and FINALLY i sit down and eat them all. Bonus points for whole, nude slices : )
maker127 years ago
can you show how to digest it? lol!
acid rain7 years ago
MMMMMMM looks good
Thinktank7 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to do this. ive had several bad experiences with grape fruit , but then i had one good one and wondered what the difference was, this must be it .Do they bother to remove the pit in juice processing?Thit might explain some of them .
crestind7 years ago
I would eat tons of grapefruit every day if it weren't for that bitter skin and seeds in between the slices... Yeah I'm that lazy. I need some way to remove every last bit of skin, leaving only the actual slices themselves.
LasVegas7 years ago
Gosh! I don't think I'd have ever figured out how to peel a citrus! And you did it with your own bare hands! WOW! It's so much different than eating the peel and all!
jeffs3rd7 years ago
I eat my grapefruit like this all the time. I think it's the best way to get the most fruit and juice out of it, and to really enjoy the fruit. Not sure how much it really helps to cut out the sour part though.
i hate sour grapefruits, but this looks good. I will have to try it