Winter’s Comfort: How To Best Select And Store Grapefruit

Sweet yet tart, juicy yet plump, grapefruit combines many aspects from its citrus cousins into a wholly unique experience. To some, grapefruit can be a love it or leave it citrus fruit, but this winter classic deserves some time in the limelight. Check out these tips to set your grapefruit up for success.

Northern Lights

When grapefruit comes to mind, one likely imagines a blood orange peel with red fruit. In actuality, there are a ton of other varieties! If you’re looking to experiment, you can also find white gold (known as “Oro Blanco”), pink, and deep red varieties. Most grapefruit maintains similar nutritional content, but the red and pink varieties are the only varieties that have beta-carotene!

Natural Selection

Grapefruits that are heavier are naturally much more juicy! Additionally, when choosing grapefruit, they should be firm with only slight give. Similar to most fruits, avoid using grapefruit with soft spots, as this may cause the grapefruit to gain a bitter flavor. However, if there is some discoloration in the peel, don’t stress! This doesn’t affect the taste.

Redder Isn’t Always Better

Some believe that redder meat means a sweeter flavor, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. More often than not, the sweetness in overly red grapefruit overpowers other subtle flavors, leading to a one-note fruit.

Stay Cool 

While storing grapefruit in the fridge will increase its shelf-life, it will actually keep best at room temperature. When kept in a cool, dry place, grapefruits will stay for around a week. This will keep it as juicy as possible! If you have unused grapefruit, or merely want to use it at a later date, storing it in the refrigerator will extend the shelf life an additional week or two.