Friday, January 10, 2014

The Joy of Grapefruit

It's cold. The holidays are over, the presents are broken, the food has been eaten, the wine drunk, and all the ornaments are boxed and in the attic. Everything seems dreary and gray and the warmth and sunshine of Spring seems impossibly far away. 

But don't lose heart, for even in the darkest depths of winter, there is hope. A bright spot, a breath of freshness to lift our spirits and keep us going. I am speaking, of course, of grapefruit season. 

I have heard that there are people out there who do not appreciate grapefruit. They think it is too sour, too bitter and hard to eat. Nonsense! Grapefruit lovers know that unalloyed sweetness is like a Care Bears marathon: cloying and dull. The natural sweetness of grapefruit comes with a bracing shot of acid that is tempered with a slight bitterness, creating a mellow and complex flavor appreciated by anyone whose taste buds have matured beyond the fluffernutter.

I will admit that they are not the easiest fruit to eat. But in a world that happily munches on coconuts, durians and jackfruit (which require machetes and hammers to get into) the slight amount of prep grapefruit require is laughably easy.

In fact, all you really need is the right kind of spoon, a grapefruit spoon. In days of yore, when broiled grapefruit was the ne plus ultra of elegant appetizers, grapefruit spoons were commonplace. But fashions have changed and sadly proper grapefruit spoons have become hard to find. If you're lucky, your grandmother may have a set you can borrow. If you aren't fortunate enough to have relatives you can pilfer silverware from, I have found sets on Etsy and ebay. 

Real grapefruit spoons, not the tapering shape, the better to slide into the sections of fruit.
It is ridiculous how happy these make me. There is just something about having a tool that is really fit for  purpose. These are perfect for the job. The fruit comes out, with minimal fuss, and no squirting. If you aren't into investing in seasonal flatware, I recommend the instructions here.

Happy eating! 

1 comment:

  1. Yum. Haven't had a grapefruit in... maybe years. Might have to change that!