How to Cut a Grapefruit

by Heather on October 25, 2011

Hi, my name is Heather and I’m going to tell you how to cut a grapefruit so you can eat it without a grapefruit spoon.


Hi Heather.

Growing up we always had a side of grapefruit with breakfast, which for me was usually a bagel with butter and maybe some honey.  Maybe.  My tastes were clearly defined then.  But the thing is we always had grapefruit spoons to eat it with!  Granted my mom always cut it for us anyway…because she loves us and that’s what moms do…but we ate our grapefruit in sleepy silence just about every morning.


These days I chat it up on here with you guys while I wake up and then when Nate gets up he gets bombarded with ideas and thoughts and scheduling the day.  Why do I do it?  Who knows…it’s just how I roll.  I try to justify it with “he knew that before we got married” but the reality is that we’ve flip-flopped our morning roles since then.  I used to fight the alarm and he would be the one to have to drag me out of bed in the morning.

Now he’s the one that I have to drag out of bed whilst I jump merrily (OK not so merrily) from the covers around 5am to blog and take care of personal stuff on the computer.  I don’t know how that changed and neither does he.  I suppose some things have to stay a mystery in marriage, right?

OK, enough of that – here’s how I like to cut my grapefruit so that I can eat it with our normal smooth spoons.  And just how I like to eat my grapefruit in general.  First you cut it in half through the middle of the fruit, not from top to bottom.  Through the middle with expose all of the segments – which is what you want!


Place the halves in bowls so that you have a more stable cutting surface for the rest.  Take your paring knife and cut right in front of the white pith all the way around the outside of the segments – you’ll be using a sawing motion and moving at about a 45 degree angle toward the bottom of the bowl.

Then you’ll see each one of the segments.  Cut straight down on either side of the segment to release the segment from the membranes.  Do this all the way around until you reach the beginning segment.  I know, I know, it sounds super tedious but I promise it’s not…especially in grapefruit season when the fruit is practically bursting to get out of there!


Now here’s where a lot of people differ…I like my grapefruit with a sprinkling of about 1-2 tsp of sugar on top and then dig in.  I’ve heard of others using honey, but I just can’t jump on that train – I like the crunch of the sugar on top!  Still others I’ve heard will use brown sugar, maple syrup, or salt.  But y’all – I’m telling you, use the sugar.  There’s life there!

Your turn – what’s your grapefruit topping of choice?  Or are you a purist who eats it as-is?  AND one more thing – do you drink the juice?  I never could but now that I’m older and have tried a greyhound (grapefruit juice and vodka) I drink the juice and pretend it’s a pre-work cocktail :)

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