One of the stranger but healthier traditions of the holidays involves giving and sending fruit to others as gifts, often dressed up in ornate boxes or towers and accompanied by cheese or chocolate. Enter the grapefruit. It’s a rather strange fruit, too big for one serving and not as palatable as its friends like the apple or orange. And yet it gets included in many a gift basket, the annual present from a business associate, boss, or kindly great aunt.
Citrus fruits are in season during winter, part of the reason for their gift giving popularity. And in a bygone age, they used to be more rare and expensive than the conveniences of modern shipping methods have made them. Apples and pears from Harry and David can easily be eaten unadorned, but what to do with grapefruit? Having good intentions of eating half of one every morning with green tea sounds great, but will it actually happen, or will the pinkish-yellow fruit languish at the bottom of the produce drawer?
Don’t just halve a grapefruit and let guests awkwardly stab the poor citrus with spoons inadequate for the task, dress it up by including grapefruit in salads, sweet and savory dishes, and drinks. Even for people who don’t like the tartness of the fruit, incorporating it with other foods helps to even out the flavor and make it a delicious and healthy way to enjoy fruit.
Brighten any salad with grapefruit slices, then toss it all with an oil, apple cider vinegar, and cumin dressing for a delicious combination of mild and tangy. Throw in avocado slices, dried cranberries, nuts, or whatever’s in the pantry to make a quick side dish or light meal full of nutrition.
Combine oranges, grapefruit, a sweetener, and any other citrus on hand like tangerines, clementines, and mandarin or blood oranges, and you’ve got a simple breakfast, dessert, or snack. Pineapple juice concentrate is a great sweetener to bring out the fruit juices, and adding a bit of lime juice or crystallized ginger also livens things up. Serve in a trifle bowl for a charming presentation.
This recipe may sound strange, but give it a try before pronouncing it too exotic for everyday. Grapefruit rings sans peel are sprinkled with bits of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, then placed under the broiler. A sweet and caramely dessert emerges in minutes.
The tanginess of grapefruit is a perfect compliment to champagne. A simple recipe combines 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, a couple tablespoons of lime juice, a splash of orange juice, and champagne or sparkling wine for a delicious and nutritious drink with a pretty pink hue.
To sum up, eat your grapefruit. It’s good for you. It’s so good that it’s dubbed a superfood, one of those foods that has a high nutrient value and little going against it. Its benefits include helping to prevent common ailments, manage certain health problems, and boost heart health while lowering cholesterol and fat levels. Don’t let this year’s gift of grapefruit go wasted, use these recipes to get creative in the kitchen and enjoy out-of-the-ordinary meals that are good for you.