November 3, 2014 – We’ve all heard the age-old advice, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but today we’re bringing a new star fruit to the table: grapefruit! Not only is grapefruit bursting with vitamin C, it’s also known to curb hunger, boost metabolism and lower cholesterol. Tart and tangy, grapefruit brings a unique flavor to pair with its powerhouse health benefits.
How to Choose It
Grapefruit is available year-round, but is at its best from winter to early spring. Ranging in diameter from 4 to 6 inches, your grapefruit should feel fairly heavy for its size. While a good grapefruit does not need to look perfect on the outside, avoid choosing one with any soft spots as these usually indicate a less vibrant flavor. If you’re looking for a slightly sweeter grapefruit, the pink and red varieties are your best bet!
How to Store It
Store whole, uncut grapefruit at room temperature up to a week – or two to three weeks in the refrigerator. If refrigerating, bring grapefruit back to room temperature before eating – this will give you a juicier and sweeter taste. Once you’ve peeled or cut your grapefruit, refrigerate immediately in an airtight container up to four days.
How to Use It
For a simple and filling breakfast or snack, slice your grapefruit horizontally and scoop out bites with a spoon. For easy scooping once your grapefruit is halved, separate the flesh from the peel using either a sharp knife or a serrated spoon. If your grapefruit is too tangy for your taste, try sprinkling a layer of sugar.
Take a break from your morning glass of OJ! You can buy premade grapefruit juice or use a juicer for a fresh-squeezed glass. Try mixing grapefruit juice with a teaspoon of honey or a splash of watermelon juice for a sweeter flavor.
Diced grapefruit is perfect for adding a tangy accent to a green salad or a unique flavor to homemade salsa. Peel your grapefruit with your hands or a sharp knife, as you would an orange. Using a serrated knife, dice into small cubes and add to your recipe.
Broiled grapefruit provides a unique flavor, especially when drizzled with honey or brown sugar. Be sure to section off your halved grapefruit before broiling, running a knife along the natural lines so it’s easier to separate from the skin prior to eating. Try adding broiled grapefruit to this Broiled Fresh Fruit recipe from the ALDI Test Kitchen!