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How to cut a grapefruit into segments

While here in Russia we experience an endless winter of snow and ice, somewhere under the hot Cuban sun there is a vast crop of amazing juicy grapefruits is about to ripen. So it is no surprise that a famous annual grapefruit festival (Fiesta de la Toronja) is held every March in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. This bright and large-scales celebration attracts thousands of grapefruit lovers from around the world.  

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Grapefruits offer great health benefits. But unfortunately they are not as popular as oranges and tangerines. Many people dislike the bitterness of grapefruits. And if you are one of them, you should know that removing all of the white pith and membranes can make a huge difference. This process is called supreming or segmenting. And here I will show you an easy and speedy way to do it.

I usually serve grapefruit segments for breakfast, or use them in salads. Check out one of my favorite recipes of St Valentine's Day Beet & Grapefruit Salad. So good!

Step by step tutorial how to peel and cut a grapfruit into segments

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Well, we have a ripe and beautiful grapefruit. Before we start, prepare a cutting board, a sharp knife and paper towels to mop up the juice.   

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Step 1

The first step is to slice off the top and the bottom ends just enough to expose the flesh of the grapefruit.

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Step 2

Place the fruit vertically on a cutting board and begin cutting away the peel following the shape of the fruit. Our goal is to remove all the white parts and to retain as much flesh as possible. 

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Step 3

Keep slicing off the peel until the grapefruit is completely peeled. 

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Step 4

Once all the pith was removed, we are ready to start segmenting the grapefruit.

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Step 5

Hold the grapefruit securely in one hand and the knife in the other. Make a first cut along one of the membranes to the center of the fruit. 

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Step 6

Roll the knife up to the left to pull the segment from the membrane on the other side.

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Step 7

Remove the segment gently pulling it away with your fingers. 

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Step 8

Continue to work around the grapefruit removing all the segments.

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Step 9

Now this is what is called as Supreme. Without pith and membranes grapefruits look prettier and taste much more pleasant. 

 

You can use the same technique to supreme any citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines. Hope this tutorial was helpful to you! 

P.S. This image below is for pinterest, feel free to pin to your board!

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Posted on 7 February 2015
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