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How to peel and segment a grapefruit

by Great British Chefs8 December 2014

How to peel and segment a grapefruit

The technique of segmenting a grapefruit is similar to segmenting other citrus fruits - the aim is to remove the membrane and pith, and serve the segments as individual, whole pieces. Don’t forget to squeeze out the leftover membrane before discarding, as this will contain a lot of flavoursome juice.

Slice a little of the top and bottom of the grapefruit to give two flat edges and give a stable cutting surface
Using the front of the knife, starting at the top slice downwards following the curve of the fruit
Cut away all the skin and pith, ensuring not to remove any flesh
Use the knife to gently slice between one of the segments and the connective membrane
Cut until you reach the middle of the fruit, ensuring you do not pierce the membrance
Repeat on the other side of the segment and lift out from the centre until completely released
Repeat to remove all the segments, squeezing the excess juice out


Try this technique in Adam Gray’s Cornish crab recipe or Shaun Rankin's Sea trout and grapefruit recipe.

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