Explore this page for tips on how to select, store and prepare grapefruit.

Also In Season: Spring

Select It

Look for grapefruit that has smooth skin and feels heavy for its size. Avoid buying grapefruit with soft spots or very thick and wrinkled skin.

Store It

  • Store whole for 4-5 days on the counter.
  • Store loose in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks in the low-humidity drawer, set the lever to open, more air coming in, or just crack the drawer slightly.
  • Store peeled or cut grapefruit in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Reduce Food Waste

Grapefruit can still be ripe even if there are green places on the skin. 

If the peel is damaged, the inside of the grapefruit may still be good. Cut or peel to determine before throwing away.

Source: Save the Food

Prepare It

  • Cut grapefruit in half, and then cut in half again. Eat right out of the skin.
  • Grill grapefruit to caramelize the natural sugars and bring out the flavor. Either cut it in half and grill it face-side down for 5 minutes or cut it into circular slices and grill 2 minutes (or until it appears done). Top with honey for a healthy treat.
  • Eat half of a grapefruit in the morning with breakfast.
  • Add peeled grapefruit segments to fruit or vegetable salads for a tasty citrus splash.

Did You Know?

Grapefruits can be different colors – white/yellow, pink and red!

Grapefruit juice can affect some medications, so check with your doctor before if you’re taking medications.

c Grapefruits help your body heal cuts and wounds, and help lower your risk of infection because they contain Vitamin C.

Click here for more information about citrus and grapefruit.

Click here for a printable page with lots of info about grapefruit.


Spicy Grapefruit Guacamole


1 3/4 cups of grapefruit (about 2 grapefruit, cut into segments)
2 ripe avocados
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Source: Sunkist


Makes 2 servings. 1 cup per serving.


10 minutes


  1. With a sharp knife, slice off ends of each grapefruit and cut rind off all the way around, using downward cutting motions. Trim off all remaining white pith.

  2. Hold grapefruit over a medium-sized bowl and, with a small paring knife, cut out grapefruit segments, being sure to capture all juice. Discard any seeds.

  3. Cut avocados in half, lengthwise; remove seeds and skin.

  4. Dice avocados and add to grapefruit, along with the diced red onion, chopped cilantro, hot sauce, and salt.

  5. Using the back side of a large fork, combine and mash ingredients together, being sure to leave some chunks of grapefruit and avocado.

  6. Store leftover guacamole in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.


    Add diced jalapeños for a spicy kick.
Also In Season: Spring

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