Grapefruit is one of the well-known citrus fruits. It has a sweet, tart taste and a blush orange color. Grapefruits have gained popularity due to their potential weight loss benefits. Regardless of your desire to weigh less, if you have a grapefruit tree, you should harvest them. When are grapefruits in season?
Grapefruits are in season during different times of the year, depending on location. For example, grapefruit season runs from January to August in Arizona and California. However, in Texas and Florida, grapefruit season starts in October and ends in June.
When Are Grapefruits In Season?
When your grapefruits are in season and ready for harvest depends on where you live. For example, living in California or Arizona, you will be able to harvest your grapefruits between January and August. However, you can harvest your grapefruits between October and June if you live in Texas or Florida.
Grapefruits most likely started as a cross between oranges and pomelos but evolved into their own fruit. There are many varieties of grapefruits. While most of them have pinkish or orange flesh, some varieties have white flesh and yellow skin.
Knowing what variety of grapefruit you have will help to determine when your grapefruits are ready to be harvested.
How Do You Choose The Best Grapefruits To Harvest?
Determining which grapefruits are ready for harvest is somewhat of a guessing game. Not all grapefruits will be ready to harvest at the same time. In addition, the longer you leave your grapefruits on the tree, the sweeter they will become.
You must look at the grapefruits to determine if they are ready to be harvested. Wait until at least half of your grapefruit has changed color from green. However, the color is not the only indicator of ripeness. Grapefruits with delicate, shiny skin and a firm, springy texture are ready to be harvested.
It would be best to pick the heaviest fruit when harvesting grapefruits as these will be the juiciest. If all else fails, you can test the ripeness of your grapefruits by giving one a taste. If the taste is still bland or bitter, leave the grapefruit a while longer on the tree.
Remember that grapefruits continue to ripen on the tree, but they don’t sweeten once they have been picked. Therefore, if you are in doubt, it is best to leave them a tad longer before harvesting them.
To harvest a grapefruit, take the fruit in your hand and twist it to detach it from the stem. If the grapefruit struggles to detach, it is another indication that the fruit is not yet ready to be harvested. Once your grapefruits have been harvested, you can place them into bags and store them in a cool place.
How Do You Eat A Grapefruit?
Grapefruit has a slightly bitter, citrusy taste. So, of course, if you pick your grapefruit later in the season, their flavor will be sweeter than if you harvest it at the beginning of the season.
When you are ready to eat your grapefruit, choose the heaviest one in the batch. It will be the juiciest and tastiest. First, you must peel the grapefruit using a knife. Then, cut it into slices and enjoy. You can add a little brown sugar over the grapefruit if the taste is too bitter. Alternatively, you can cut the grapefruit in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.
If you want to juice the grapefruit, it would be best to rinse it with warm water. The warm water helps to release the juices from the pulp. After rinsing the grapefruit with warm water, you can roll it gently on a flat surface. This will also help to release the juice. Then, cut the grapefruit in half and juice it.
If you wish to store your cut grapefruit, you can place the pieces in an airtight bowl and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also freeze any grapefruit that is left over. Here is how:
- First, wash and peel your grapefruits.
- Next, cut them into pieces and remove any seeds or membranes.
- In a pot, bring water and sugar to a boil.
- When the sugar has dissolved, wait for the syrup to cool, and pour the syrup over the grapefruit.
- Place the mixture in the freezer and store for up to one year.
There are many other ways to use grapefruit. For example, grapefruit will make a delicious marmalade. It can also be candied or preserved.
Is Grapefruit Peel Edible?
Most people only use the flesh of grapefruit and discard the peel. However, grapefruit peel is edible, and if prepared correctly, it can be delicious. Grapefruits are also packed with health benefits, from their vitamin C content to their ability to lower blood pressure.
There are a few methods by which you can use grapefruit peel. The first step of all these methods is to wash the grapefruit peel to remove any pesticides thoroughly. You can wash the peel using just water or a specific fruit and vegetable cleanser. When the grapefruit peels have been cleaned, you can use them.
How To Dry Grapefruit Peel
Drying the grapefruit peels is an easy way to incorporate a citrus flavor into any dish. Start by removing the outer skin from the white pith. Then, dry the peels in an oven at 200°F, or air dry them for a few days.
You can either keep the peels whole and add them to hot water for a nice winter drink, or you can grind them into a powder and add the powder to give any dish a citrus flavor.
How To Use Grapefruit Zest
Grapefruit zest can be used in salad dressings, baked goods, or iced teas. You can also freeze grapefruit zest to use it at any time.
To freeze the grapefruit zest, lay the it on a baking tray and freeze until solid. Then, transfer the peel to a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to one year.
How To Candy Grapefruit Peels
Making candied grapefruit peel is an easy way to use the whole grapefruit, and it only contains 25calories per portion. First, cut the grapefruit peels into long strips and balance the strips twice. Then, boil the grapefruit peels with sugar and lemon juice until the liquid has evaporated.
When the syrup mixture has cooled down, you can sprinkle some coarse salt over it or eat it as is. Candied grapefruit can be stored in an airtight container for four months. However, it’s highly unlikely that they will last that long as they are delicious.