How to Peel a Grapefruit

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Perfectly peeled pink or white grapefruit can make its way to your plate from your kitchen. By learning the secret chefs use to peel grapefruit, you can have a bowl of sections without the unappetizing white pith on the exterior, known as the albedo. This pith not only looks bad on your fruit, but it tastes bitter. For the sweetest grapefruit, you need to peel it to remove this inner layer. A pot of boiling water helps to loosen the albedo through heat expansion, making it easier to remove. Now you can enjoy the healthy sweet-tart flavor of grapefruit without the bitter pith.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Water
  • Grapefruit
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.

  • Plunge the grapefruit into the boiling water for one minute.

  • Remove the grapefruit to a cutting board using a pair of tongs.

  • Slice off the stem and bottom ends of the grapefruit with a paring knife.

  • Set the grapefruit upright on one of the cut edges. Look for the boundary between the peel and fruit.

  • Insert the paring knife between the peel and fruit and run it under the peel, following the shape of the fruit to cut it off. Repeat until you cut away all of the peel and the white albedo.

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