Oroblanco is an incredibly fragrant citrus fruit that tastes like grapefruit that’s very sweet rather than bitter. In fact, oroblanco is a hybrid fruit that is the result of crossing a pummelo with a grapefruit. The oroblanco leaves behind all bitterness and acidity of grapefruit in favor of a bright, sweet citrus flavor. If you love citrus yet aren’t a fan of grapefruit, oroblanco might just be the perfect fruit experience for you!
Like many citrus fruits, oroblanco grapefruit is welcome in just about any recipe where sweet, sour citrus flavor is needed. Use it in desserts to brighten up creams, candies, cakes and pies. Grate zest or squeeze the juice into sauces, marinades and soups. Use oroblanco to impart mildly acidic sweetness to rich meat dishes or delicate seafood preparations. The culinary uses of oroblanco are only limited by your imagination.
How to prepare your oroblanco will depend on the recipe you’re using. Here are the most common ways to prepare oroblanco for just about any recipe.
If you’ve ever sliced a lemon, lime or orange, you’re going to know just what to do with an oroblanco grapefruit. Their peels are soft, yet thicker than many citrus fruits. Don’t let that scare you. These little green fruits are easy to slice.
Here are some of the easiest, most common ways of how to slice a oroblanco:
- Place the flat side of the oroblanco on the cutting board. Slice it in half down the center. Then, slice each half into three wedges and share them with your friends!
- Place the flat side of the oroblanco on the cutting board. Using a paring knife, slice away the top ¼ inch of peel to make the top flat. Then, slice away the peel in perpendicular strips, hugging the edge of the fruit with your knife. Continue all around the fruit until you’re left with just a ball of inner fruit. Using the natural sections as a guide, slice the fruit into individual sections and serve.
There are many ways to enjoy oroblanco grapefruit. Oroblanco is an incredibly versatile fruit that imparts intense grapefruit flavor without even a hint of bitterness.
- Raw: Use the fruit and the zest in raw applications to brighten up sauces, seafood, salads, soups, desserts and more!
- Meat and Seafood: From rich meats like pork and beef to delicate fish and scallops, oroblanco adds acidic sweetness and flavor to proteins.
- Confection and Pastry: The unique citrus flavor of oroblanco grapefruit is delicious in jams, jellies and candy making.
The citrus family is responsible for making our favorite drinks even more delicious, and oroblanco is no exception. This relatively new fruit is a twist on a grapefruit in that it has all the flavor with none of the bitterness or acidity. The oroblanco adds sweet grapefruit flavor to just about any drink where a sour-sweet citrus twist is welcome.
Here are some easy ways use oroblanco in your drinks:
- Juicing: Oroblanco can be removed from the peel and fed into your juicer. oroblanco tends to play well with other fruits like strawberry, ginger, mango and cucumber.
- Water: Squeeze fresh oroblanco into your water bottle along with fresh herbs like mint for an eye catching and delicious refresher.
- Cocktails: Sweet and slightly herbal like grapefruit without the bitterness, oroblanco will transform cocktails with a surprising citrus twist.
Oroblanco grapefruit isn’t just delicious, it has an amazing shelf life too! Because oroblanco has an especially thick rind, the fruit inside is protected for longer. They can be left on the countertop for up to three weeks. Oroblanco may keep even longer if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
There are two common ways to prepare oroblanco fruit for freezing. First, remove the peel and separate or cut the fruit into slices. Lay wax paper down on a cookie sheet and arrange the fruit with space between each piece. Once frozen, store the fruit in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a year. Another option is to squeeze the juice from the fruit and store in the freezer in an airtight container or ice cube tray.
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