To my great delight I found a rare cachet of grapefruit at Kasem’s store in Chiang Mai’s kad Lung (old market) the other day. Grapefruit is a rarity here in Thailand where the South East Asian pommelo reigns supreme. Pommelo, while delicious in spicy Thai salads, is not nearly as tantalizingly sweet sour nor as juicy as the grapefruit I relished back home in America.
Grapefruit is a hybrid that originates from Barbados, a crossing of sweet orange and pommelo that were both introduced to the Americas from South East Asia.
No recipe needed for this exquisite combination that I encountered at a friends party back in New York years ago; a sectioned half pink grapefruit doused with rosewater and sprinkled with turbinado sugar. It is a visual feast and a taste bite that is sure to keep you feeling in the pink for the rest of the day!
Rosewater originates from the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and available at Middle eastern shops.