Seasonal Ingredient of the Week: Grapefruit
Grapefruit was always a breakfast staple growing up - grilled and sprinkled with sugar, served alongside toast and jam, or pastries on the weekend. Its uses may be slightly different nowadays, but there's still something deliciously nostalgic about grilled grapefruit topped with honey or coconut sugar in a morning.
The largest member of the citrus family, grapefruits are large and thick-skinned with juicy inners. They acquired their name from how they grow, in grape like bunches and can be white, pink or ruby fleshed with the latter tending to have a sweeter taste. Their flavour is sweet but bitter, and is complimented by other sugar in sweets, or bodes well against leafy greens in savoury.
Choose grapefruits with a plump appearance and soft sheen that feel the heaviest when picked up - they'll be the juiciest of the bunch. Add them to your diet as an alternative to oranges when you're feeling run down to benefit from their high vitamin C levels, or eat them when you're in need to a sweet fix without the good sugar rush - their low GI levels means they won't affect your blood sugar levels are much as other fruit.
Delicious by itself, grapefruit also makes a great addition to savoury - particularly salads and fish dishes as well as cakes, bakes and puddings. Here are our favourite tips:
- A quick and easy breakfast: simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle with coconut sugar or a drizzle of honey and grill for 5 minutes.
- Salmon for dinner? Line a casserole dish with sliced grapefruit, add the salmon, then pour over a sauce of grapefruit juice, honey and mustard then bake for 20 minutes.
- Need a new salad combination? Add slices of grapefruit to a salad of rocket, avocado and prawns for a delicious combination.
- It's great for dressings too! For a simple dressing, mix the juice with olive oil, himalayan salt, honey and mustard.
- Grapefruit pudding is a great old-fashioned treat too - think of it as crumble with a cake topping. Line a casserole with sliced grapefruit drizzled with honey, then top with a cake mixture (we tend to use a mix of ground almonds, eggs, honey and baking powder) then bake for 20-25minutes.
- It also adds a nice twist to other cakes too. Try adding grapefruit juice to banana bread mixture, and top the loaf with slices before baking to let the juice seep through and caramelise.