How to Cut the Bitter Taste of Grapefruit

Find out how to counteract the bitterness in grapefruit and get this delicious smoothie recipe!

February is National Grapefruit Month. I’m going to show you how to love it and start eating it with some simple grapefruit breakfast ideas. Grapefruit can be bitter, but understanding how to cut the bitter taste will allow you to start enjoying it every day. Dole grapefruit was nice enough to send me some of my favorite DOLE Red Grapefruit Sunrise Fruit Bowls so I could share these tips and recipes with you. Find out how to counteract the bitterness in grapefruit and get this delicious smoothie recipe!

How to cut the bitter taste of grapefruit:

There are four major tastes in food; sweetness, sourness, saltiness, and bitterness. Sour is the opposite complement to salt and bitter is the opposite complement of sweet. Now grapefruit is a bit of an odd bird in this equation because it’s considered to be bitter-sour.  To cut the bitterness in grapefruit, you can add something sweet or salty to it.

  • add cane sugar or brown sugar to it
  • drizzle honey on it
  • sprinkle salt on it
  • mix it with other sweet fruits like bananas, strawberries, kiwi, or mango

Where to get grapefruit year round:

Fresh grapefruit from Florida is peak season in January and February but honestly, I am not a fan of peeling or digging out slices of grapefruit. I’m not a morning person so for me it’s just best to take the easy route on this one. Lucky for me, I can enjoy my grapefruit year-round with Dole single-serve fruit cups. New DOLE Red Grapefruit Sunrise Fruit Bowls are packed in 100% juice  while other fruit cups usually contain fruit in syrup or artificial sweeteners. DOLE Red Grapefruit contains nothing but the fruit in 100% fruit juice. DOLE Red Grapefruit Sunrise Fruit Bowls are naturally gluten free, contain no GMOs (genetically modified or engineered ingredients) or artificial sweeteners and feature BPA-free packaging. How can you go wrong the number one selling fruit cup? It’s as close to tree picked as you can get and so much faster and easier! 

Use this yummy Grapefruit to make this yummy Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie Recipe!

Find out how to counteract the bitterness in grapefruit and get this delicious smoothie recipe!


Grapefruit Breakfast Ideas:

Now that you know you will love grapefruit here are some suggestions on how to incorporate it into your healthy breakfast

  • Drain grapefruit and put on a foil-lined sheet, sprinkle with one teaspoon of sugar, brown sugar, or cinnamon sugar and broil for 7-10 minutes until the sugar becomes caramelized
  • Drain and mix in with your favorite yogurt
  • Make my yummy grapefruit, mango and banana sunrise smoothie – get the recipe at the bottom of this post.
  • make a fruit and garden salad – see recipe here

Now I know you are ready to try grapefruit and love it so go to your local grocery’s canned fruit aisle and try some today the suggested retail price is $3.99/per four pack, and they are a real time saver! 

13 Responses

  1. Just wanted to share an old 'country folk' tip. You don't need to add sugar, or anything to a grapefruit. The bitterness you taste is only from the membrane, ie the skin that segments the fruit pulp into the individual wedges. You cut the top and bottom off the grapefruit, pull it open, then carefully split each wedge open and scoop the pulp out. Then be sure to wash your hands really well.This method makes such a difference in the way it tastes!
  2. Thanks for the tip on how to make grapefruit less bitter!
  3. That smoothie looks so good!! Pinning for sure :)
  4. This looks amazing! Love grapefruit and will definitely try this!
  5. I hate cutting and peeling fruit, so I would be super interested in trying these cups! :-)
  6. Those are great tips!! I love grapefruit, but sometimes it is a bit too sour/bitter for me. I'll definitely give these a try!

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