What Does a Grapefruit Taste Like?

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In this article, we'll help you figure out what a grapefruit tastes like, how to eat it and what to do with it in your recipes.

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What Does a Grapefruit Taste Like? 

There is something that all citrus fruits share that makes you say "Aha! I know this flavor." You'll find that same bright, crisp quality in the orangey-pink grapefruit.

Grapefruits share a similar taste and acidity with oranges, though they're much tarter with a flavor that even seems bitter. But there's also something floral about the grapefruit, which really distinguishes it from the orange.

Grapefruit Texture 

This is where oranges and grapefruits really blend together. Grapefruits even look like oranges inside, comprised of neatly organized sections you can peel off and eat one by one.

The super juicy grapefruit is pulpy with a firm membrane "skin" around each pulpy wedge. This may be a little tougher than the membranous skin around an orange section, but not by much.

Is Grapefruit Bitter or Sour? 

Like most fruits, grapefruits can vary in flavor. You'll likely find that they're both bitter and sour, but the sourness is usually the more potent taste.

The pith (the white stuff between the outer skin and the juicy fruit) is where a lot of the bitterness is contained. If you peel this away, you'll likely reduce this flavor in the fruit.

What Is the Best Way to Eat a Grapefruit? 

There's no best way to eat a grapefruit, really. That is, grapefruit is such a delicious and versatile fruit that you can't really eat it incorrectly or in a way that's not satisfying.

But of course, there are certain things people like to do with grapefruits, including juicing them and slicing them in half and scooping out the inner fruit one bite at a time. You can also treat it like mango and pineapple and make it into a tart, sweet and spicy salsa.

How Do You Eat a Grapefruit Without Bitter Taste? 

The go-to way of getting around the bitter flavor is with sugar or the sweetener of your choice. If you're eating a grapefruit directly from the rind, sprinkle some sugar on top and let it sit for a minute so that it soaks in a little.

Of course, if you're making a recipe with grapefruit, you can mix in sweet fruits with a similar flavor. This is easily done in smoothies. Don't forget about salt, too—a pinch of salt cuts bitterness in most fruits and veggies, including grapefruit.

Grapefruit Serving Tips 

Anything from beverages, to salads, to desserts can be made with grapefruit. Have you ever considered grilling it? Watch these videos to get the creative juices flowing.

Doesn't a grapefruit version of lemonade sound so good? You'll need maple syrup, fresh mint and ice for this recipe, but throw in a couple of lemons for a more traditional lemonade.

There's nothing quite like grilled fruit. All you need for this recipe are your grapefruit, cinnamon, brown sugar and the broiler function on your oven. This is a way of "grilling" without an actual grill, but if you have one of those, grapefruits are fair game.

This video shows you how to pair grapefruit with olives in a salad. The flavors are surprisingly compatible and refreshing.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Grapefruit
  • Red onion
  • Olives
  • Chives
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Wrap Up

The beauteous grapefruit is a citrus fruit somewhere between tart lemon and sweet orange with a delicate floral quality that smells fresh and delightful. It's customary to sprinkle a little sugar on to cut down on the tart and bitter flavors, but some grapefruits are sweet enough to eat on their own. Start incorporating grapefruit into your salads with fresh herbs and savory nibbles like olives and vegan cashew cheese.

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