Cultural traditions are very difficult to overcome. In the West in general, grapefruit is a ‘morning’ fruit, a way to begin the day, but in China it is most often served as a refreshing dessert.
Grapefruit works especially well after aromatic and flavourful courses as it pleases as well as cleanses the palate, making the perfect close to a fine meal. I have added strawberries for colour and the candied ginger for a special bite.
Peel and slice the grapefruit into segments. Combine the grapefruit segments and strawberries in a large serving bowl, sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar and toss in the candied ginger. Wrap the bowl tightly in cling film until you are ready to serve the fruit.
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