By Sandy Sachs. April 23, 2010.
If you’re not familiar with Florida’s famous Ruby Red grapefruit, then you are in for a real treat. These luscious, juice-dripping citrus come from all over Florida, but many Ruby Red grapefruit lovers swear by those grown in the state’s East Coast Indian River area, about 20 miles or so inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the fruit has been around since the late 1920s/early 1930s and originated from a spontaneous, mutated “sport” in Texas, the Florida Ruby Red grapefruit continues to gain in popularity and is now the best-selling red grapefruit in the country.
What to Look For in a Ruby Red Grapefruit
Ruby Red grapefruit boasts the most flavor and the highest nutrition when eaten just before it becomes “too” ripe. You’ll want to look for medium-to-large fruit (anywhere from a half to one pound) with skin that’s a pale, buttery yellow. Many (but not all) Ruby Red grapefruit feature a slight, rose-colored “blush.” This rosy blush comes from the rich redness of the fruit coming through to the surface, but sometimes the skin may be just a little too thick for the red to come through; but don’t worry – these Ruby Red’s are still just as delicious! Scratches, discolorations or other minor flaws on the skin do not affect the intense, sweet-yet-tangy flavor of Ruby Red grapefruit; the only thing to avoid is fruit with skin that looks dull or wrinkled or fruit that feels soft when pressed.
Choose Ruby Red grapefruit that’s heavy in relation to its size. That means that you’ll be a little surprised that the fruit you pick up and feel weighs what it does! This is because Ruby Red grapefruit contain so much juice – more than “regular” grapefruit.
How to Prepare Ruby Red Grapefruit
For out-of-hand eating, Ruby Red grapefruit can be prepared several ways. The most common way is to simply slice it in half, score the segments with a knife or serrated “grapefruit” spoon and dig in! You can also “french” the Ruby Red grapefruit: Cut off both ends, peel it carefully with a sharp knife, slice either side of the exposed membranes and lift out in segments. And then there’s the true Ruby Red grapefruit lover’s fast-and-easy method of simply peeling it with a knife, pulling apart the segments – like an orange – and devouring it one luscious slice at a time!
Ruby Red grapefruit is both simple to select and easy to prepare. No matter how you slice it, dice it, feel it or peel it, you simply can’t go wrong with a Florida Ruby Red grapefruit!