Everything You Need To Know About Freezing Grapefruit

Grapefruit is part of the citrus fruit family, and the most common variety Ruby Red, gets its moniker from its bright pink flesh. Besides packing a burst of sweet, slightly tart flavor, grapefruit has an abundance of health benefits, including high amounts of vitamin C and it has a high water content, meaning it can help flush out toxins.

This fruit reaches peak season from November to June, as noted by The Grove. While this is a pretty long season compared to other types of fruit, if you want to preserve it to enjoy the flavor for even longer, the good news is that you can freeze grapefruit for later, per Does It Go Bad. Grapefruits can be frozen for up to 12 months without losing its flavor, according to Still Tasty. Before you freeze it, take note of a few tips to make sure you preserve its beautiful color and delicious taste.

How to use frozen grapefruit

To prepare grapefruit for the freezer, peel it and remove the white, soft, and spongy part of the fruit — also known as the pith. Once peeled, you can freeze whole or cut it into sections. It's also a good idea to remove the seeds at this point by using a grapefruit spoon, as recommended by Eat Delights. If you'd rather squeeze it and just freeze the juice, it will keep for up to four months, according to Prepared Cooks.

When it comes time to using that frozen grapefruit, get the most out of it by using it in the right recipes. Once thawed, sections can be a bit soggy, so you may want to skip using them in a fruit salad or for topping your fresh greens. However, frozen grapefruit adds a pop of color and flavor to smoothies. The juice can be used in several recipes, including pies, like this grapefruit pie recipe by Savory Simple. Or you can even use the frozen juice to make a summer-inspired grapefruit paloma throughout the year.