THEN, we came to Donna, Texas to visit my Grandmother for the first time in my young memory. My Daddy sent us out to the grapefruit trees growing in the yard and said "go eat some grapefruit". There were all of those delicious grapefruit hanging at eye level of a little girl...but how to peel them? Where's the sugar? Someone, I can't recall who but probably my Dad, ripped the skin right off them and handed each of us girls a grapefruit. We separated the segments and went to town on those grapefruits...we were coated with sticky
This morning I decided I would section a couple of the Rio Stars sitting in my fruit basket (I like them room temperature for the best flavor) and have them for dessert after my lunchtime sandwich. I wasn't thinking about writing a blog until I started the process of sectioning them. I only learned to do it a few years ago...and now I never peel a grapefruit.
I used to try to cut the peel, I used a spoon to get under the peel, I cut a grapefruit in half and scooped out the flesh with a spoon, I dug under the peel with my fingernails and ate the segments like oranges...they were always a lot of work. On top of all that work, there was usually pith still on the fruit...and it just doesn't taste good...it's bitter; until I learned to section them, that is. Now, I get a glorious bowl of cleanly sectioned grapefruit with minimal fuss and muss. When I'm finished, I pour the juice from the cutting board into the bowl and I have a bowl of fresh goodness, slurping the juice straight from the bowl when I'm finished...bad manners, but good stuff...so I do it, bad manners aside. It makes me salivate just thinking about it...because of course, I sat down to type up this post before eating my bowl of grapefruit sections. However, I know it is sitting there waiting for me whenever I'm finished. It's like the carrot in front of the plow mule...hurry up and get finished and I'll get my reward.
I wondered if folks realized how easy it was to section a grapefruit...and if not, I figured I could take enough photos to demonstrate. So, here goes...
Use a very sharp knife on a sturdy cutting board. Cut off both ends of the grapefruit.
Set the grapefruit on one of the flat ends and slice around the curve of the fruit, removing the skin and the white pith.
Clean up any pithy spots you missed, turning it over to see both ends.
Lay the grapefruit on its side to begin the sectioning process.
Insert your knife between the membrane and the pulp, as close as you can get and slice in until you feel the center of the fruit, remove your knife and place it on the other side of the section, slicing down again until you feel the center. Remove the first segment.
Move to the inner edge of the next segment and, again, slice down to the center of the fruit...but this time, pivot your knife to the right, sliding it to underside of the far side of the segment...you can feel it.
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!