When I was a little girl, I begged my mom to buy those nifty serrated spoons so I could copy grapefruit eaters on television. Cut the grapefruit in half, stick your spoon in, and enjoy, right? I was dismally disappointed when she bought a set of serrated spoons and I got to try it out for myself. I found that there was an enormous amount of waste, and that I could not really release the grapefruit from its peel very cleanly. I never used the serrated spoon again.
I know there are many nifty ways to peel and segment a grapefruit. Sometimes I do use a knife to segment the citrus, gliding my knife between the segment and the peel to release clean cuts of grapefruit. However, my favorite way of peeling and segmenting a grapefruit actually relies more on my own hands. It was the method my mother taught me, and one I had assumed everyone knew about.
I realized that my method of segmenting grapefruit was different when I was pregnant with my daughter. Talk about pregnancy cravings! While I was carrying her, I could not get enough of grapefruits! I had at least one a day, and in my old office lunchroom, you could probably bet that I was in there, peeling a grapefruit by hand. My coworkers were intrigued by my technique, and even my husband confessed that he had never seen anyone segment a grapefruit my way before. But all agree that it definitely yields less waste.
So, I’m curious – how do you segment a grapefruit? This is how I do it:
I realized that the best way to show you is by video, so I put together a short clip so you can see my method in action!