11 Unexpected Ways to Use Grapefruit

02/20/2015 04:03 pm ET | Updated Apr 22, 2015
Florida Grapefruit

During the winter while many fruits are out-of-season and nowhere to be found, it happens to be the peak season for Florida grapefruit. The extreme weather conditions the fruit experience throughout the growing season, including heavy humidity and rain, actually help the fruit's sweetness despite causing minor exterior blemishes. OK, but how can you use them for everyday eats outside of cutting them in half?

After some initial research and preliminary Internet digging, we found out that the grapefruit is exponentially more versatile than we gave it credit for. We never thought that it could be added to guacamole and salsa, be the essential citrus sidekick to salad(s) or make multiple types of beautiful frozen treats.

And if you haven't broiled or brulee'd your grapefruit yet, you're missing out on that sweet, honey-charred brilliance fit for your oven or, better yet, your blowtorch. To be honest, we were just looking for another reason to use a blowtorch. Without further adieu, here are our top 11 grapefruit creations we found on the World Wide Web.

Pink Grapefruit Buttermilk Muffins
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Combining grapefruit and buttermilk is genius. Pure genius.

Honey-Broiled Grapefruit With Yogurt, Coconut & Walnuts
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Brûlée your grapefruit. Do it. Do it now.

Grapefruit, Fennel and Grilled Shrimp Salad
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Pretty salad. Pretty, pretty salad.

Honey Roasted Grapefruit Parfait Popsicles
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Are you serious?! We're serious.

Grapefruit Avocado Bruschetta
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You did what? With what?!

Rosemary Greyhound
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Grapefruit Guacamole
Grapefruit Guacamole

It's so simple. Makes me think of this scene.

Citrus Salad With Honey, Vanilla & Pistachio
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Citrus on citrus on citrus on citrus. On citrus.

Kale Salad With Citrus, Avocado & Feta
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We didn't forget about you, Kale. You're not dead to us yet.

Grapefruit Ice
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We wish normal ice looked and tasted this good.

Fish Tacos with Grapefruit & Avocado Salsa
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But really, give me any type of taco with that salsa. OK, maybe not cabeza.


Photo Credit Ascending: Florida Grapefruit, Daring Gourmet, Florida Grapefruit, Camille Styles, Melanie Makes, Florida Grapefruit, Tastes Lovely, No Recipes, The Healthy Chef, Two Peas and Their Pod, Sugar and Charm, Jason and Shawnda

Written by's Geoffrey Kutnick