February is National Grapefruit Month. Loaded with lycopene and vitamin C, these orange orbs are among the healthiest fruits on earth. They can even be used as a natural skincare spa treatment.
The grapefruit got its name because it grows in bunches—just like grapes. The New World was first introduced to grapefruit in the 17th century when English sea captain Samuel Shaddock landed in the West Indies. Today, Texas and Florida lead the nation in production, growing millions of bittersweet citrus ranging in color from red to white.
Of course grapefruit is so juicy and delicious that it doesn’t need to be adulterated or modified. But if you’re looking for some new ways to enjoy it, here are a few:
5. In Salsa
You’ve got red pepper, jalepeño pepper, onion, lime juice, and cilantro. Conventional wisdom says the only thing standing between you and a kick-ass salsa is tomato. Try substituting grapefruit instead. Conventional wisdom will thank you for the wake-up call.
4. With Avocado
Who thought this would be a good idea? I’d like to meet the culinary genius who happened upon the unexpectedly spectacular combination of tart grapefruit and cool avocado. The marriage is so solid that it works by itself; add some lettuce, cheese, oil, and vinegar for a fresh take on salad.
They look and taste like fruit, but they’re chewy and sweet like candy. Haribo describes their version as “sugar dusted, fresh tasting grapefruit gummies” that have become “tradition.”
2. Salty Dog
No, it’s not a pirate. It’s a classic cocktail that goes great with sweet or savory brunch. Start by salting the rim of a rocks glass or a tumbler. Then, shake 1 part gin and 2 parts grapefruit juice (preferably fresh squeezed). Pour over ice and sip irresponsibly.
Have you ever had grilled pineapple? If you answered “yes,” then you know all about the subtle char, the caramelized sugar, and the comforting warmth. Broiling enhances grapefruit in the same ways. Cut a Ruby Red in two and sprinkle each half with brown sugar. Slip the fruit underneath the broiler for just a few minutes. You’ll get a delicate crust and sensational sweetness every time.