When I think of grapefruit, I think of breakfast. I used to eat fresh fruit every morning for breakfast, yet never associated it for dinner. Until now.
After receiving information on a Grapefruit 101 Workshop held in Dallas, I realize there are so many dishes that can be made, using fresh grapefruit from your local farmer’s market or grocery store!
Did you know:
- In 1929, Texas Citrus growers accidentally discovered the sweet red grapefruit that we all know and love as the Rio Star or Ruby-Sweet.
- Over several decades after the sweet red grapefruit was discovered, even redder mutations of the fruit were discovered and each one was named after the grower who found it.
- The Ruby Red was the first grapefruit to be granted a United States patent.
- The Texas Red Grapefruit was named the State Fruit of Texas in 1993.
With it’s distinctive flavor, I decided to cut up a grapefruit and get some appetizers for dinner started.
One appetizer I made:
Rio Star Grapefruit-Pecan Cream Cheese Topper
1/2 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons grapefruit zest
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. Refrigerate until ready to use. Spread over your favorite bagel, English muffin, toast or on crackers!
There is a lot history that I didn’t know about the Texas Rio Star Grapefruit and you can learn more about it on the TexaSweet website.