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Frame: The Supremes

February 1, 2011

I always thought it was kind of neat that the dead, cold, snowy suck of winter also happens to be grapefruit season. How odd is it that during a time of year when all I want to eat is gooey comfort food, this sparkling, juicy fruit is at its peak? I really enjoy grapefruit,  but trying to eat it always seems like a chore- unless it has already been halved, sugared, and presented to me with a fancy serated grapefruit spoon.

However, I recently learned how to “supreme” a grapefruit, a preparation trick that works for all citrus and makes it much easier to enjoy. Supreming is a technique that removes the membrane from the fruit, allowing you to use the slices in recipes or just eat them whole.

Start by cutting the top and bottom off of your grapefruit.

Next, curve your knife around the fruit, cutting the rind off in strips.

(The above is supposed to look round, mine looks a little too pointy.  I’m not a professional, ok?)

Once your grapefruit is peeled, run your knife between the segments of the fruit at an angle.

Remove segments – which are now called “supremes” – from fruit and enjoy!


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