How to Cut a Grapefruit

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Learning how to cut a grapefruit is essential if you want to properly enjoy this tangy and nutrient-dense fruit.

How to Cut a Grapefruit?

There are a few different ways to cut a grapefruit, but there are two main ones, the first being easier and causing you to lose more juice, the second being more time-intensive, but losing less fruit and flavor.

Scooping

  1. Begin by slicing the grapefruit in half across the middle, with the stem side facing up.
  2. Each half will have 12-16 clear chunks in the grapefruit, divided by white pith.
  3. Using a sharp knife or a grapefruit spoon, you can carve out each of these chunks and then scoop out the grapefruit piece.

However, this method does tend to be messier, and you will inevitably lose some juice along the way. It is faster to separate the chunks with a serrated knife, rather than relying on a grapefruit spoon.

Hands cutting slices of grapefruit

How to cut grapefruit? Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Slicing

This second method is a bit more time-intensive but will let you get more of the fruit.

  1. Begin by cutting off the top and bottom of the grapefruit, enough to just expose the inner pink membrane.
  2. Slowly start to remove the peel, with your fingers when possible, and then with a sharp paring knife, cutting as close to the white pith as possible.
  3. Using your fingers, pick off as much of the outer white membrane as possible, revealing the pink flesh.
  4. Using your knife, slice along the dividing lines of pith between the segments and remove them.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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