Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How To: Segment a Citrus

When I was a little kiddo, my family lived in Florida. We happened to have neighbors across the street who had grapefruit trees that would get so darn full they would come close to breaking. Every so often they would invite us to come over a pick as much grapefruit as our little heart's desired.

And there's something delightful about eating freshly picked fruit.

I couldn't help but think about this the other day as I picked out some grapefruits at the grocery store.

If you're one of those people who love to eat segemented citrus, whether "plain" or tossed in a salad, here's a fool-proof way of doing it every time. A method I learned by watching one too many episodes of Chopped. :)

Slice the top and bottom off of your citrus to reveal the flesh.

Then, working around the fruit, slice off the rind.

Until it's naked. So scandalous.

Then carefully slice along each of the white "veins" running vertically up and down the citrus, cutting towards the center.

As you make every other cut, you'll have a delightful little citrus segment pop out. I tried to get an action shot of this but holding a grapefruit while wielding a knife and holding my camera proved to be a bit too tricky. You'll just have to try it out for yourself to experience the magic. :)

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