Grapefruit Toppings

Grapefruit slice

Grapefruit sliceGrapefruit can be sweet and a tad bitter or loud and sour.

Grapefruit is well matched with avocado, Campari, Champagne, crab, fresh ginger, honey, lemon, lime, fresh mint, pomegranate, and brown or white sugar.

To simply eat grapefruit out of hand with a spoon try one of the following toppings for each grapefruit half:

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Mixture of 1 tablespoon each of apricot jam and peanut butter Mixture of 1 tablespoon each of honey and peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses or honey
  • 2 teaspoons coffee liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1½ teaspoons each of brown sugar and Kirsch
  • A scoop of your favorite sorbet

Here’s a delicious treat: Blue cheese and grapefruit salad–arugula or mesclun add grapefruit sections, sliced red onion, sliced or cubed beets, and blue cheese.

Did you know grapefruit is the only citrus fruit to originate in the New World—the West Indies. It is thought to be a mutation between a pummelo and another citrus fruit. Grapefruits grow in clusters—just like grapes.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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