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“So far I’ve always kept my diet secret but now I might as well tell everyone what it is. Lots of grapefruit throughout the day and plenty of virile young men.”

                                                                                    Angie Dickinson

OK, that’ s the way to start a blog post!! LOL.

Grapefruit. I don’t think too many people are indifferent about this fruit. You love it or don’t eat it.

I love it and am so happy when it’s in season. Especially living in California and they don’t have to travel so far. Really good grapefruit comes from Texas and Florida is still a big producer.

 

Growing up in Ohio in the 50’s was another story. I don’t think we had much access to grapefruits except when my grandparents sent us a big box of Florida oranges and grapefruits.  We got one every winter for quite a few years. I can remember my dad opening it and smelling that freshness and that sunshine, unwrapping each fruit from its tissue paper protection. I’m sure my mom tried to make them last as long as she could but I am also sure that we all just dove in and enjoyed ourselves.

I also have some less pleasant memories of grapefruits when I was an early teenager. The grapefruit and hard boiled egg diet was popular then. For breakfast and lunch, I had half a grapefruit and a hard boiled egg, then a “normal” dinner. I’d be on it for a few weeks. I know I tried it several times. God, how I got to hate the smell and taste of both the egg and the grapefruit. It took quite a few years before I liked either again. I remember one morning, something like15 years ago, realizing that I was having hard boiled eggs and grapefruit for breakfast without thinking about it. I had a few groans and a good laugh and happily ate every bite.

My older brother also has unpleasant grapefruit memories. He had back surgery in junior high school and was in a body cast for quite a long time. As a result of his inactivity, he got quite constipated. Our family doctor recommended he drink some warm grapefruit juice daily. It worked but tasted and smelled god awful. It also took him a long time before he could enjoy grapefruit. He reports now he eats it with pleasure.

Grapefruit has a lot of nutritional benefits. It is high in Vitamin C, contains Vitamin A, is a good antioxidant. It may have cholesterol lowering qualities,and some protection against cancer.

As usual, I went to my personal chef/foodie friends to check in with them about grapefruit. Most loved it, loved eating it plain. Some liked it with fish. Some had made a grapefruit salsa. ( I didn’t find a recipe I liked but easy to create your own. grapefruit pieces, small amount of onion, your favorite kind of chile, cilantro or not.) Some liked it broiled. Some liked it in a salad mixed with other citrus fruits. So many good ideas!

avocado grapefruit salad

One of the ways I like to have it other than eating it plain is in a salad with avocado and some greens. Simple, clean, refreshing. You can dress it either with a simple vinaigrette ( grapefruit juice, olive oil, salt, pepper) or the classic poppy seed dressing. Here is a recipe for that.

Lemon PoppySeed Dressing

1/4 c. honey
1/4c. blend of lemon juice and raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/3 olive oil
1 T. poppy seeds

Place all the ingredients except for the seeds in a blender. Combine until mixed. Add the poppy seeds and just blend a second or two to stir in the seeds. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. You could add some pepper. You could use grapefruit juice. Pour over your salad and enjoy!

 

 

Here are some other recipes I found that look good.

Spicy Shrimp and Citrus Salad

Vietnamese Grapefruit and Pork Salad ( Pork Goi Buoi)

 

Grapefruit has its place in beverages as well. I love fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and gin. Here is a juice and another cocktail to inspire and entice you.

Ginger, Carrot, Turmeric and Grapefruit Juice

Campari, Grapefruit, and Pomegranate Cocktail

 

There you have it. Grapefruit. The perfect winter fruit. Enjoy while they are in season!

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