I usually cut it in half (through the equator) and eat it with a spoon but the juices tend to spray everywhere. Is there a better way?

  • I used to eat grapefruits all the time! To this day I still enjoy a glass of grapefruit juice before my morning coffee almost every day. My wife hates it, but I can't get enough, so I can relate to your desire! Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 2:18

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I'd say your best bet is segmenting the grapefruit before trying to eat it.

Here's a good video about it. How to Peel and Segment a Grapefruit

Downside: It's a lot more work, and you still wind up with a juice-covered cutting board that needs to be washed.

  • While you get a messy cutting board, it definitely won't spray around. You can also make really tasty salads with grapefruit cut this way, so its good practice :)
    – Manako
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 15:49
  • This is the only way I eat grapefruit now. Can be done with any citrus and is also known as supreme.
    – JoeFish
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 17:50

You can peel them and then pull the segments apart very much like an orange, but it is only modestly less messy because the segments are too big to easily stick in your mouth whole and they squirt when you bite them. Plus their peel is often pretty tough.


Segmenting the grapefruit is likely the least messy way, however, if you like the half a grapefruit thing:

There's something called a 'grapefuit knife', which has a curved, serated blade you can use to loosen the segment before you try to scoop them out with a spoon. You'll end up with a fair bit of liquid left over at the end, but you don't end up spraying juice as you try to dig the segments out with a spoon, it mostly just sits in the bowl created by the 1/2 a grapefruit peel.

There's also 'grapefruit spoons', which have one side with a serated edge on it; I've never used 'em for grapefruit, though, but the serated edge might help to keep down the amount of spray when trying to spoon out bits of grapefruit.

... I should also mention that when I think of 'segment', I'm talking about peeling it (without a knife, except to start it), and then manually pulling apart the segments so they're intact, and might have a little pith still stuck to them. What the chef in the video that bikeboy389 linked to, I've always referred to as 'supreming' or 'cutting supremes'

  • It actually seems like a hybrid of cutting supremes and segmenting, since he cuts one side and peels the other loose. Whatever you call it, it's a pretty tidy process.
    – bikeboy389
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 15:52
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    I'm a big fan of grapefruit knives, since they make the actual eating process almost mess-free.
    – Martha F.
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 18:45
  • I have a grapefruit spoon, works quite well. Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 0:46

Grapefruits are one of my favorite fruits, and you can get around the entire process by just tossing the whole fruit in a high quality juicer... then you can drink it and never have to worry about spraying yourself (unless you accidentally spill!)

You can go further by adding other fruits like strawberry or grape and even some vegetables with low acid content (so the fruit will overpower the taste of these) and make yourself a very tasty and healthy beverage.

  • I love grapefruit juice! I have never used a juicer, but it sounds very interesting. Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 2:19

Maybe this should've been a comment, but oh, well:

Little grapefruit juice jets are in intrinsic part of the half-grapefruit experience. If I'm eating one by myself and reading, then I make sure it's not something I mind getting juice sprayed on. If I'm eating with other people, well, we all half-expect to get sprayed.

Face it: if God (or replace with your appropriate deity) intended us to eat half-grapefruits w/out juice spraying everywhere, he wouldn't have made them so darn tasty and juicy.

  • This if very funny! Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 2:19

I have started squeezing some of the juice out of the grapefruit half before eating with a grapefruit spoon. It seems to really cut down on the wild squirts!


The enzyme denaturing of membranes makes it possible to remove the skin and membrane without breaking any segment cells

This requires the fruit skin to be pierced to membrane level. The fruit is then placed in a vacuum pot with an enzyme solution. The vacuum causes the air pockets in the membrane to collapse and then filled with the warm enzyme solution which in time dissolves the membrane

The tricky part is buying a bench top enzyme processor though...

  • You can simulate this at home with Pectinex Ultra-SPL. I peel and segment the citrus in a solution of 1L water + 3g pectinase and after 24 hours you can brush away any white pithy parts and be left with perfect supremes of fruit. It works wonders on the peels too, perfect for candying.
    – Brendan
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 18:48

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