In Season: Grapefruit growing season lasts from October through May. Grapefruit keeps well in cold storage, so it can be found in supermarkets year-round.
What to Look For: Grapefruit comes in white, pink, and red varieties. Pink and red grapefruit gets its rosy blush from lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size, with smooth, rather than bumpy skin. These are good indicators that the grapefruit will be juicy.
How to Store: Grapefruit will keep at room temperature for a week when stored in a bowl or basket with good air circulation. Kept in an airtight bag in the refrigerator's crisper drawer, it can be stored for up to two months.
Toasted sesame seeds form a rich, golden coating for chicken breast halves. The accompanying side dish of napa cabbage is braised in a sauce of grapefruit juice, shallot, white wine, and fresh ginger.
A generous sprinkling of pepper spices this winter salad of sliced grapefruit, mixed greens, and fresh goat cheese. The light vinaigrette of grapefruit zest, white wine vinegar, and a touch of olive oil complements the salad without overpowering it.
Sea scallops or sushi-grade yellowtail marinate in a mixture of red onion, serrano chile, Ruby Red grapefruit, lime juice, and lots of fresh mint. Serve this colorful and refreshing seviche as a cocktail party hors d'oeuvre or an elegant dinner party appetizer.
This risotto is infused with layers of grapefruit flavor. First, the rice is cooked in a mixture of white wine, chicken stock, and grapefruit juice, and then grapefruit segments and blanched grapefruit zest are stirred in at the end of cooking. The richness of Parmesan cheese and caramelized red onion balance the tartness of the grapefruit.
The boldly flavored combination of watercress, grapefruit segments, and green olives is tossed in garlicky vinaigrette. A topping of crisp fried sage leaves is a memorable alternative to croutons.
Zabaglione is a rich dessert made of sweetened egg yolks whisked over a hot water bath. This version uses honey and is made even fluffier with the addition of whipped cream. A bed of red grapefruit segments makes a refreshing contrast with the rich zabaglione topping.
The pastry cream filling of this puff pastry tart is infused with vanilla bean and tarragon. Segments of pink and white grapefruit make a colorful topping, and a border of leaves cut from puff pastry creates a decorative finish in this sophisticated dessert.