Cutting a Grapefruit

1Alicia from TexaSweet Citrus Marketing is offering this video on the proper way to cut a grapefruit. Her company works with Texas orange and grapefruit growers. She is highlighting the Rio Star Grapefruit, a species that only is grown in Texas and is known as being red and very sweet (by grapefruit standards!), making it great for snacking.

The grapefruit has two ancestors: the Jamaican sweet orange (an ancient hybrid that originated in Asia) and the Indonesian pomelo. Some people believe a wondrous story about a certain Captain Shaddock who brought pomelo seeds from Indonesia to Jamaica and created the first grapefruit. While this is a great story, the reality is that hybrids occur naturally with some regularity and this was probably the case with the grapefruit. The story does get more interesting, though, as this hybrid came to be known as the “forbidden” fruit, starting in 1750 when the author of The Natural History of Barbados, himself a dour Welsh churchman, coined that term for it. Later the grapefruit got another moniker, as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados. In 1823 Count Odet Philippe introduced the grapefruit to the United States.

2So what’s the deal with cutting it?

Some people don’t want to eat grapefruit because they can be so messy. The skin is thick and there’s a stubborn membrane as part of it that makes the grapefruit more difficult to access than its distant cousin the orange. But with the proper equipment and technique, you can learn to cut your grapefruit quickly and easily.

The technique

Alicia shows the easiest way to cut your grapefruit on the video. Look for the points on each end of the grapefruit and make sure that those are on the sides, and then cut down along the edge. That’s when you’ll see the beautiful deep red color (particularly in these Texas grapefruit) and that should inspire you to carry on.



Next cut down along each side, which allows you to remove all of the white membrane we mentioned earlier. That white part isn’t particularly bad for you, it’s just bitter and doesn’t taste very good. It’s actually the “pit” of the grapefruit! So make sure you remove it.

At this point you may want to change knives; that’s what Alicia does. She takes a smaller knife and cuts right along the section. Watch for the white line and when you see it you’ll be in the center. Don’t stop! Just turn your knife (this is why a smaller one is recommended) and cut right back up so that you can pop out that whole grapefruit section. Then keep following it all the way around.

4How to use them

These grapefruit sections are perfect as a snack by themselves. You can also throw them into a salad for a refreshing different taste, or Alicia suggests that you toss them with some avocado slices. She demonstrates a beautiful cubed section of grapefruit that you can put into a bag in your refrigerator and use to snack on all week long. You can alternately just cut the grapefruit in half and eat it with a grapefruit spoon, as your grandmother probably taught you to do.

5Healthy snack

And grapefruit is healthy! Grapefruit contains 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. It also contains lycopene and is only 60 calories for half a grapefruit.