I love myself a nice juicy grapefruit anytime of day, not just for breakfast. We’re still on the tail end of citrus season, so with that in mind I’ve been getting my grapefruit and orange fix while the produce lasts. Most of the grapefruits I’ve bought lately have been incredibly juicy and sweet, but that’s not always the case.
Even if a grapefruit is particularly tart, I’ve learned to just suck it up and embrace the tart flavor without adding any sweetener to the fruit. I used to put spoonfuls (literally, spoonfuls!) of granulated sugar on my grapefruit. (I cringe just at the memory of all that Great White Junk going into my body.) I can’t imagine doing that now! I love the natural tartness of grapefruit, but if it’s just a bit too sour, I’ve learned how to tame it with one simple trick.
Are you ready? This is pretty cool.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A heavy grapefruit with evenly textured skin
- Extra virgin olive oil
There’s really no way to guarantee yourself a sweet grapefruit. Choose one that feels heavy for its size and that has evenly textured skin without any bumps or rough patches. Slice the grapefruit in half, and then get your olive oil ready!
Adding just a little olive oil to grapefruit tempers its bitterness ever so slightly while letting the natural tart characteristic still shine through. Dip your finger in a little olive oil and rub it on the cut surface of the fruit. You don’t need a lot. (Maybe 1/4 teaspoon or less for the entire surface.)
That’s it! Now you’re ready to enjoy your naturally sweet, but perfectly tart grapefruit.
The olive oil gently masks the acidic bite of the fruit. When we pair a little healthy fat with lycopene-rich foods like grapefruit, it helps us absorb the nutrients better, so it’s a win-win.
I did a side by side taste test of plain grapefruit and grapefruit with a little olive oil. The difference was subtle but definitely noticeable to my palate. Try it and let me know what you think!
There’s so much to love about grapefruit. Try out some of these recipes:
- Roasted Beet, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Broiled Grapefruit from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free
- Grapefruit Cranberry Fizz from Healthful Pursuit
- Grapefruit, Radish & Cabbage Salad from Nourishing Meals