What herbs go well with grapefruit?

My grapefruit tree is going bananas (ha ha). I cannot keep up! The grapefruit is actually quite sweet, nothing like the mouth-puckering bitterness of grapefruit in the market. I have been eating as many as I can, but I am thinking of juicing them to add to sparkling water as a flavoring, just to keep up with the production. I was going to reduce the juice a little (without adding sugar for health if possible) and I was wondering if it might be good with a sprig of rosemary or something else....any ideas? I have a big herb garden with rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, pineapple sage, evergreen basil, mint, chives, dill, tarragon, lemongrass...and probably some I am forgetting.

  • Posted by: lloreen
  • January 31, 2013


SeaJambon February 2, 2013
Moving in a different direction, you might want to consider making grapefruit marmalade as a way to preserve the fruit. Heck, you could make it really interesting by adding some of the above herb suggestions to the marmalade!
Diana B. February 2, 2013
Grapefruit bitters is a great idea! Here's a recipe from http://www.autumnmakesanddoes.com/2012/01/16/grapefruit-bitters-with-juniper/:

Grapefruit Bitters with Juniper Berries

Peel of one organic grapefruit (with the pith on), chopped
1 tablespoon of juniper berries

Place all in a quart jar, covered it with vodka or Everclear (it took about 1½ cups), and let it infuse for a week. When it’s ready to drink, pour it through a fine mesh strainer, then through a coffee filter.
susan G. February 1, 2013
Another option is bitters -- which are herbal concentrates.
lloreen February 1, 2013
Great suggestions! I am going to whip up a few of these combinations. I love the idea of a ginger grapefruit soda and the other herb combos sound very refreshing too.
prandial February 1, 2013
Have you considered ginger as a spicy addition? If you made a ginger simple syrup you could create a grapefruit ginger soda with seltzer or even a granita (if you have the time).
BoulderGalinTokyo February 1, 2013
lloreen,,great question. Thanks to all for these suggestions. I have a huge tree of natsu mikan (sour like grapefruit but orange) just getting ripe and I'll try some of these combinations
bigpan January 31, 2013
I agree with mint and tarragon, but try some fresh ground pepper ! Might sound weird but perks it up, especially if you bake the grapefruit - very nice served warm from a slow oven.
Couldn't B. January 31, 2013
One of my absolute favorite flavor combinations is tarragon and grapefruit. If you are looking for something to do with all those grapefruit tarragon grapefruit sorbet (or granita) is amazing.
IlovePhilly January 31, 2013
Mint, cilantro and parsley are all fantastic with grapefruit!
QueenSashy January 31, 2013
Oh, I sooooo envy you on your herb garden. Not sure if you have it, but how about lemon verbena?
HalfPint January 31, 2013
I like grapefruit and basil.
Panfusine January 31, 2013
i usually add some mint leaves (cut into a chiffonade) in grapefruit salads
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