Sunday, November 21, 2010

How to "filet" a grapefruit!

This may seem like a silly post but I enjoy my grapefruit so much more since I have mastered this technique. You may find it is true for you or you may prefer your old method. But consider if this may be something that helps you enjoy grapefruit.
Grapefruit is one of the healthiest fruit especially for people that have blood sugar problems because as you may guess it does not have as much fructose and does not spike your blood sugar as much as other sweet fruits would. It also provides Vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, folate and lycopene (if they are red or pink).
One grapefruit has 12 grams of fiber if you eat it like an orange. That is with the skin around the individual segments. My technique removes the flesh from the walls so does not provide the fiber. The walls make it more bitter tasting, so you need to decide what you prefer.

After removing the first piece cut right on the other side of the skin wall.
Then twist your knife back 180 degrees and cut back out along the next skin wall (Your sharp side of the knife should come out first right next to the segment wall.

You should be left with clean walls. The flesh wants to come free of the walls once you get it going.
Once I have all the segments out I take the rest of the grapefruit and squeeze all the juice out of it, and there usually is a lot! Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Yum!

And here you have your reward for your work. A bowl of segments ready to enjoy without further fussing!

So here is a series of photos that show you how to prepare your grapefruit so you can just sit down afterwards and enjoy it.

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