How to Peel & Section a Grapefruit


A grapefruit is a healthy, low-calorie snack. At home, it is a simple thing to slice a grapefruit in half and eat it with a spoon. But if you prefer your grapefruit in sections, or you want to eat it on the go, you can run into some trouble trying to peel it neatly. For effortless peeling, use the method below.

Step 1

Fill a 3-quart saucepan halfway with water. Bring it to a boil on the stove. Use the tongs to gently place the grapefruit into the boiling water.

Step 2

Boil the grapefruit for five minutes. Remove the grapefruit from the boiling water with the tongs. Let it cool until you can handle it easily.

Step 3

Stick your fingernail or the tip of a knife into the skin of the grapefruit to open the peel.

Step 4

Pull off the peel in strips.

Step 5

Pick off the whitish pith. This part of the grapefruit is thick and bitter.

Step 6

Stick your thumb into the center of the grapefruit where the sections join. Gently pull the sections apart.

Tips and Warnings

  • Grapefruit juice is acidic. If you have any cuts on your fingers, the juice will sting.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Tongs


  • Taste of Home; Peeling and Sectioning Grapefruit
  • The Washington Post; The Last Word; Robert L. Wolke; Dec. 22, 2004
Keywords: grapefruit, peel grapefruit, pith

About this Author

Alexis Vega-Singer has been an editor for ten years, doing general copyediting and developmental and production editing for ESL textbooks. She has an A.M. from Harvard in Greek and Latin Philology.

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