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Tasty all year-round

Citrus recipes are usually thought of as summer treats, but did you know that grapefruit are actually in their peak season during the winter months? You can still get all the benefits of fresh citrus - free-radical fighting nutrients, vitamin C, vitamin A - without waiting for summer. Are you resolving to get healthy in the new year? Fortunately, you've got the option of grabbing fresh grapefruit at your local grocer and getting on the right track. Here are a few recipes that incorporate grapefruit so you can up your intake each day.

Florida grapefruit sorbet

Serves 8

Tasty all year-roundFor the Florida grapefruit sorbet:
3 pounds of Florida grapefruit
1 tbsp. powdered milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

Squeeze the grapefruit, filter the juice and keep only 2 cups. Mix the powdered milk and sugar in a saucepan, and add the water and heat until it starts to boil. Let cool to ambient temperature then add the grapefruit juice. Mix in sorbet blender for 15 to 20 minutes.

For the slices and zest of Florida grapefruit in jelly:
8 Florida grapefruit
2 slices of gelatine

Peel the two grapefruit using a paring knife to remove the zest, then slice the zest into fine strips. Squeeze 4 Florida grapefruit and cook the zest in this juice for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Peel the remaining grapefruit cleanly, then detach the pulp from the quarters using a small kitchen knife. Slice them in thirds. Mix the little chunks with the zest. Bring 8 fl. oz. of the zest-cooking liquid to the boil, then stir in the gelatine, which has been previously softened in warm water. Mix the juice with the fruit and zest. Let cool.

For the panno cotta:
4 cups liquid cream
5 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. green cardamon
4 slices of gelatine

Bring the cream to the boil and let the cardamon infuse for 1 hour. Filter, then bring to the boil again with the sugar. Leave until lukewarm, then add the gelatine slices, previously softened in warm water.

For the decoration: Florida grapefruit chips
1 Florida grapefruit
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

Bring the sugar and the water to a boil. Slice the Florida grapefruit into thin discs. Coat the grapefruit discs in the syrup, then place them on an oven tray and dry in the oven at 390° for 10 minutes.

Finishing touch: In each glass, place the grapefruit jelly up to 1/2 inch. Then pour in the panna cotta cream to another 1 1/2 inch. Put in the refrigerator to set. Just before serving, place a scoop of Florida grapefruit sorbet and a grapefruit chip on top.

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