How to Pick Ripe Texas Red Grapefruits plus a Sweet Holiday Treat
Let’s say you are at the grocery store, shopping for a scrumptious fruit to quench your desire for a refreshingly healthy snack. Well, look no further than the satisfyingly sweet Winter Sweetz Texas red grapefruits.
Not only are they unbelievably tasty, but they’re also chock full of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. You can even add them to a meal or beverage for a sweet twist this holiday season!
But wait. You may be asking yourself, “How do I know which grapefruit is ripe and ready to eat?” Let the good folks from Winter Sweetz give you a quick rundown of how to pick the tastiest and juiciest grapefruits.
(Plus, we’ve even added a tasty recipe at the end of this blog that we are sure you’ll love.)
What Color Are Ripe Grapefruits?
At Winter Sweetz, we take grapefruit ripeness seriously. While the color of a ripe grapefruit can vary, our methods to test their readiness is sound. After we conduct a USDA inspection that tests the sugar content of our fruit–also known as the Brix test–we take a look at the peel. A little bit of green on the peel can still pack in a lot of that succulent flavor you’ve come to know with our Texas red grapefruit, and over the next few days, it will eventually turn into a yellow or golden color with a red or pink blush, indicating that the grapefruit is at peak sweetness
Should I Pick Round or Oval- Shaped Grapefruits?
Just like it’s citrus cousin, the orange, a grapefruit should be oval in shape. A flat top and flat bottom are preferable over a perfectly round one.
While a perfect circle may seem like the right choice, the truth is that round shapes indicate that the fruit is not yet ripe and not as juicy and refreshing as it could be.
What Texture Should a Grapefruit Have?
Grapefruits that are ready to eat can be slightly porous, but the smoother in texture and glossier the fruit, the better. When choosing which Winter Sweetz Texas red grapefruit to eat, pick out a fruit that is generally smooth and has thin skin.
How Can I Store Grapefruits to Keep Them Fresh?
Once you’ve picked out an oval-shaped, smooth, red-tinted grapefruit, you’ll want to store them properly to maintain their freshness. Grapefruits stored at room temperature can survive ten days. The fruits can be preserved for more days if placed in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
Just keep in mind that a grapefruit is always juicier when at room temperature. You can just take it out of the fridge an hour or two before you plan on eating it.
A Grapefruit Creation to Delight in This Holiday Season
In only a few short weeks, Winter Sweetz Texas red grapefruits will be available all throughout the nation – just in time for the holiday season. Make the most of your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with the following marmalade that is sure to add that extra oomph to your gathering.
Grapefruit, Orange, and Ginger Marmalade
- ¼ cup of chopped ginger
- 1 orange cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 Winter Sweetz Texas red grapefruit cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups of water
- 6 cups of sugar
Step 1: Place the ginger, half of the orange, and half of the grapefruit into a food processor until finely chopped. Repeat with the remaining orange and grapefruit.
Step 2: Add water and the mixture to a pan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat until the mixture is reduced to about 6 cups and stir occasionally.
Step 3: Add six cups of sugar to the mixture and cook uncovered until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture back to a boil and cook until the mixture has thickened and is reduced to about 5 cups.
Step 4: Remove mixture from the heat and cool. Spoon into decorative holiday jars for added presentation to your holiday meal set up.