Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Love My Grapefruit Knife

It's grapefruit season right now. Yum. I love grapefruit. I can remember waking up when I was about 5 with my dad and having breakfast with him. We would always share a grapefruit. One half for me the other half for him. He always used that funny little bent knife in the drawer to cut the juicy sections out and away from the dividing membrane. Then, at the end, after I was done eating it, he would take the empty cavity and squeeze the remaining juice into a glass. That was the best part.

As I got older I stopped getting up with my Dad for breakfast and we stopped eating grapefruit. It's almost as though we forgot that it existed. The funny little bent knife would sit in the drawer only used if there was nothing else left to cut with.

Then when I moved out I started buying grapefruit again. It was a childhood memory that brought me back to this zippy fruit and I would spend too long trying to cut the sections out with a paring knife and a teaspoon. So, one day, I made a point and walked into Willaims-Sonoma with only one thing in my mind. A Grapefruit knife. I found it right away, piled with all the other handy and common kitchen tools like basters, brushes, and garlic presses. It was awesome, double sided. One side had that familiar bent, double serrated knife (used to hug the curve of the fruit as you separate it from the outer edge) and the other end had short, serrated twin blades about 2mm apart (used to separate the sides of each section from the dividing membrane.). It was simple, it had a protective case and it was perfect.

It was a dream the first time I used it. Like a hot knife to butter it sliced through the rubbery sections like nothing I ever experienced. It was so amazing that I started to carry it around with me for those times when I would order grapefruit while out. That ended quickly though because I soon got sick of Grapefruit. I still loved the knife. I've used it on all citrus fruits and anything that needs to be cut away from the outer edge in order to be consumed. At the beginning of the new year I started buying grapefruits again and remember about my knife. I pulled it out from the drawer and removed it protective sleeve. The twin blades glinted in the light as I took a second to examine it. I loved this knife. With a combination of good quality and simplicity it appeals to ever aspect of what I look for in a kitchen tool. As I cut into my grapefruit last night I thought to myself that this knife has to be one of my favorite purchases ever. Seriously. It's up there with a teal dress I bought in Montreal, a journal I bought one summer while staying on one of the Gulf Islands in BC and it trumps the purchase of my new couch.

My grapefruit knife. I love it. I'll have it forever. Plus, every time I look at it, it reminds me of my Dad and those special mornings we shared over a Grapefruit.
Isn't she lovely? Though, I only cut pink or red Grapefruit with mine.  

Notes on Grapefruit borrowed from Food Purist:

  • The grapefruit originates from South East Asia.

  • The grapefruit gets its name because it grows in grapelike clusters in Texas, Florida, Arizona and California.

  • There are two types of grapefruit: seedless & seeded. There are also two colors: white (which has more of a yellow flesh) and pink (yellow-pink to a ruby red). No matter what the variety, the grapefruit skin is yellow.

  • The season for grapefruit depends on where the grapefruits are growing. In Arizona and California, the peak season is January to June, but in Florida and Texas, the season is October to June. The United States also imports grapefruits from other countries in the off-season. So, you can find grapefruit all year long.

  • When choosing a grapefruit, choose one with a bright skin color, with no noticeable bruises. The grapefruit should be firm with a springy size. The heavier the grapefruit, the more juice contained within.

  • Although you can store your grapefruit on the counter, the best place for the grapefruit, is in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Here the grapefruit can stay fresh up to 2 weeks!
  • Grapefruits are a good source of Vitamin C, and the pink varieties have a lot of Vitamin A. They both contain Folic Acid and Calcium.Grapefruit Essential Oils are used in an alternative medicine therapy called aromatherapy. It is said that the fragrance is uplifting and the actual oil is claimed to be useful for acne, cellulite, digestion and fluid retention. For more information about essential oils, please contact your local naturopath, allopathic specialist or your holistic medicine specialist.

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