Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel
Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel comes from grapefruit, Citrus x paradisi. It is also referred to as grapefruit zest and dried grapefruit. It’s one of the largest citrus fruits available, second only in size to its genetic ancestor, the pomelo. Grapefruit are noted for their bitter, sour citrus flavor, which is also expressed in the fragrant zest, packed with essential oil and flavor.
What is Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel?
Organic Grapefruit Peel delivers grapefruit’s characteristic sour-bitter twang, which lives in the volatile oils that are lodged in the pores that cover a grapefruit’s skin. Fresh grapefruit peel contains approximately 2% volatile oils by weight; when dried, the oils concentrate for a powerful punch of flavor. Organic Grapefruit Peel consists primarily of the colorful rind, but may contain up to 2.5% pith, which is even more bitter than the grapefruit’s natural flavors.
History of Florida Grapefruits
All citrus fruit developed in the Asian tropics approximately 5 or 6 million years ago. At that time, the citrus progenitor split into the three lines that then hybridized into the citron, the mandarin, and pomelo. These three citrus ancestors cross-bred and gave us the varieties of citrus we know today. The parent plants that created the grapefruit are the pomelo and the sweet orange; the sweet orange was, itself, a hybrid of the pomelo and the mandarin.
Grapefruit emerged in the 1600s in Dutch-owned Barbados. Because citrus fruit readily cross-pollinate with other citrus, they developed naturally after colonizing Europeans planted different citrus varieties close to one another. Recordkeeping was notoriously poor at that time so there’s no evidence supporting exactly where or when this hybridization happened; we just know that it did.
In an attempt to develop grapefruit groves, French count Odet Philippe brought the fruit to Florida in the early 1800s, in the area that is now Tampa Bay. Grapefruit didn’t quite take off as a moneymaking crop, though, until the later part of the 19th century, when John MacDonald launched the first commercial grapefruit nursery in the Orange County area. In 1885, MacDonald shipped the first trainload of grapefruit north to New York and Philadelphia; their complex flavor jump-started national interest in this fruit, and by 1940, grapefruit was a household staple in American kitchens.
The grapefruit was so named because of the way the fruits grow in tight clusters on the tree, resembling the way grapes grow on a vine. The French word for grapefruit, pamplemousse, is by far the most entertaining name for this fruit; the word is taken from the Dutch word pompelmoes, which translates as “fat lemon”.
Florida Grapefruit Cultivation
To successfully grow grapefruit you need plenty of sun, fertile, loamy soil that drains well, and a sub-tropical climate, so the weather should be consistently warm, both day and night. These trees do like some humidity to keep the soil and attendant humus damp. It can take a while for a new planting to become productive; grapefruit trees take between three and seven years to reach full maturity, and their first year of fruit production is often light. The harvest from a first-year tree may be as little as 25 pounds of fruit. In the following years, though, growers can expect between 250-350 pounds of fruit per tree, annually.
The US is the world’s largest producer of grapefruit, with Texas, California, and Florida making up the lion’s share of the national grapefruit harvest. Florida just edges out California as the reigning king of the grapefruit harvest; this year, Florida generated 17,860 boxes—or 1.4 million pounds—of the fruit. Florida grapefruit it primarily grown along the Indian River area, which runs for more than 200 miles along Florida’s east coast, from Daytona to West Palm Beach.
Where is our Organic Grapefruit Peel from?
Our Organic Grapefruit Peel is a product of Florida.
What does Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel taste like?
Our Organic Grapefruit Peel has a hearty, bold flavor. It opens with a tart and bitter bite, tempered by a citrusy upswing that brightens the bitter flavors. It mellows at the end, finishing on a sweet back note.
How do you use Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel?
Organic Grapefruit Peel adds a great, tart contrast to fruit dishes, like pears poached in honey and ginger. Stir it into jam, or add it to fruity relishes, like Mango Chutney. Stir into a marinade for Spicy Coconut Shrimp. This ingredient was built for infusions, so rehydrate it in cream, drain, and enjoy a new twist on whipped cream. Mix into neutral spirits, like gin, vodka, or silver tequila, and let that sit for a day and a half. Enjoy grapefruit-flavored cocktails, or steep in simple syrup for an hour and sweeten up a Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper Paloma. If you home-brew, this is a terrific ingredient for IPAs, saisons, and shandies.
Tips from Our Kitchen
Because of its high oil content, we recommend that you store your Florida Grapefruit Peel in glass jars.
To rehydrate, add three parts water to one part peel and let stand for 15 minutes.
When using in its dehydrated form, use 1/3 of the amount of fresh grapefruit peel that the recipe calls for.
To get even more flavor during rehydration replace some of the water with real grapefruit juice.
Dried Grapefruit Peel Substitutions
1 teaspoon of dried Organic Grapefruit Peel equals 1 tablespoon of fresh zest.
|Ingredients||Organic Dried Grapefruit Peel|
|Also Called||Grapefruit zest, dried grapefruit|
|Recommended Uses||Used for infusions for baking, homebrewing, craft cocktailing. Gives a bitter twist to sweet fruit products like chutney or jam.|
|Flavor Profile||Bitter and sour, with a mild finish.|
|Scoville Heat Units||n/a|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x paradisi|
|Cuisine||American, Caribbean, Mediterranean|
|How To Store||Airtight container in a cool, dark place|
|Shelf Life||2-3 Years|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Dietary Preferences||Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO|
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