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2021-05-13 6:39:59 PM  
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2021-05-13 6:49:52 PM  
On the one hand, I knew about the drug interactions; on the other, I agree with subbie and haven't had anything to do with grapefruits in decades.
 
2021-05-13 6:50:27 PM  
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/oblig Nunes joke
//interesting article
 
2021-05-13 6:52:21 PM  
There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.
 
2021-05-13 6:54:21 PM  
Today I learned that citrus is a whore.
 
2021-05-13 6:54:59 PM  
It's my favourite! Unfortunately, I can barely have it because of the drug interactions.
 
2021-05-13 7:09:26 PM  
When one of my kids was a baby, I fed him a lime to film his reaction.  Turns out, he LOVED it.  Kid still eats them like candy.
 
2021-05-13 7:12:16 PM  
Hunter S Thompson practically lived on grapefruit, and he had more than his share of drug interactions.
 
2021-05-13 7:16:36 PM  
The tomato is the worst-tasting fruit in the world, subby.
 
2021-05-13 7:16:42 PM  
I LOVE grapefuit.  So there.
 
2021-05-13 7:17:40 PM  

foo monkey: When one of my kids was a baby, I fed him a lime to film his reaction.  Turns out, he LOVED it.  Kid still eats them like candy.


My mother fed me lemons when I was a baby.  I would just sit there gnawing on a lemon.  Still love them.
 
2021-05-13 7:28:00 PM  

CFitzsimmons: There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.


The Durian Fruit Saga - Irish People Try: Best Of Compilation
Youtube I-l4fNkqWfU
Durian Fruit. Never had it, but these folks can discuss it at length.
 
2021-05-13 7:31:44 PM  
Oh, god, the drug interactions. Now that I'm older and my palate is more settled, I actually like grapefruit, but I can't have it because I'm on some really important medications that I don't want f*cked up.

That fruit was designed by the f*cking Devil.
 
2021-05-13 7:34:49 PM  
Gary Gulman - Grapefruit
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2021-05-13 7:53:52 PM  
I'm down with grapefruit, too. Ruby Reds are the best. I even had a gold colored one that was even better. Don't know where it came from, tho.
 
2021-05-13 8:05:43 PM  
I like artificial grapefruit (like in gum) but the real thing is awful.

/Same as watermelon*
//*Unless it's full of vodka
 
2021-05-13 8:11:01 PM  
I'd it's that terrible why do I have a forever ban from drinking the Elvis Juice from my boss?

The drunk text thing happened. I appeared on site 3 or 4 hours late still drunk in the morning.

Also grapefruit sculpin is fantastic (for an IPA). And I've had a few grapefruit sour ales I'd revisit.
 
2021-05-13 8:31:34 PM  

reveal101: It's my favourite! Unfortunately, I can barely have it because of the drug interactions.


Same. I miss Fresca.
 
2021-05-13 8:54:06 PM  
> how grapefruit got its name

When I was around 6 and for a good while I thought grapefruit were called "greatfruit" because they were great big.

Likewise I thought a newspaper was called a "newpaper" because a new one came to our house every day and my father didn't want to read the old one.
 
2021-05-13 9:16:36 PM  
The trick with grapefruit is to stop cutting them in half and dumping sugar on them; it makes the grapefruit taste more sour with the sugar alongside.

Eat them like an orange or for easy mode, like a pomelo and just eat the inside bits and it's fine.
 
2021-05-13 9:47:06 PM  
So, maybe I'm dumb, but why not decrease the dosage and tell people to take their drugs with grapefruit? Or include some of that grapefruit chemical in the pills?

In any case, I'm not in any danger. I'm not willingly consuming grapefruit unless a doctor says I have to.
 
2021-05-13 10:06:42 PM  
Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.
 
2021-05-13 10:20:20 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.


I like gin in mine.  I believe it's called a salty bastard.
 
2021-05-13 10:22:08 PM  
I went to a school that served canned grapefruit juice at breakfast. You don't know sour until you've had canned grapefruit juice. The modern pink and red sweet grapefruits didn't exist back in the 60s (I don't think). The color alone was enough to put you off eating, but the sourness was like putting a black hole in your head.
 
2021-05-13 10:24:32 PM  
Best way to eat a grapefruit is messy: Peel a ripe grapefruit *and* peel each segment, eating only the delicious insides.
 
2021-05-13 10:41:54 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.


rosekolodny: gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.

I like gin in mine.  I believe it's called a salty bastard.


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2021-05-13 10:53:12 PM  
Grapefruit is good.  It's hardly durian
 
2021-05-13 10:57:37 PM  
The way to eat grapefruit is hacked up with a bowie knife and Chivas chasers.
HST FTW
 
2021-05-13 10:59:24 PM  

foo monkey: When one of my kids was a baby, I fed him a lime to film his reaction.  Turns out, he LOVED it.  Kid still eats them like candy.


It must have been sublime.
 
2021-05-14 12:50:42 AM  
coconut is the worst fruit.
 
2021-05-14 1:02:52 AM  
My last grapefruit was farking amazing. I don't really know how to explain it other than it was just the perfect amount of grapefruitiness.
 
2021-05-14 1:35:55 AM  
How Fruits Got Their Names
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2021-05-14 1:58:13 AM  
Subby go eat a durian if you are stupid enough to claim grapefruit as the worst of all time
 
2021-05-14 1:59:23 AM  

Garza and the Supermutants: Hunter S Thompson practically lived on grapefruit, and he had more than his share of drug interactions.


Lies and scurrilous libel!

/drugs had Hunter S. Thompson interactions
 
2021-05-14 2:02:48 AM  

CFitzsimmons: There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.


I'd guess subby was talking it's Pomelo origins.  That'd be fair - those things are... not good.  It's like someone filled a fruit rind with gummi sour powder and white grapefruit juice and let it ferment
 
2021-05-14 2:23:48 AM  

CFitzsimmons: There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.


Durian.
 
2021-05-14 2:28:18 AM  

gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.


can do without the salt, in which case we just call it a Greyhound. The Landfill in CAPCODE used to do an amazeballs one... I still lust after their hand-cranked heavy metal citrus juicer.

/some of $mai_waifu's meds do have bizarre unpredictable grapefruit interactions
//could make it stronger! could make it not work at all! jayzus, make up your minds, doctorbs
///plus the part where she's 3 years old and doesn't like it anyway
 
2021-05-14 2:33:59 AM  

tintar: can do without the salt, in which case we just call it a Greyhound. The Landfill in CAPCODE used to do an amazeballs one... I still lust after their hand-cranked heavy metal citrus juicer.

/some of $mai_waifu's meds do have bizarre unpredictable grapefruit interactions
//could make it stronger! could make it not work at all! jayzus, make up your minds, doctorbs
///plus the part where she's 3 years old and doesn't like it anyway


Grapefruit would even play with my dilaudid pain pills completely randomly.  Took me a couple years to figure that one out as infrequently as I had it.  Some tasty but whimsical shiat if you have damn near any sort of medical nonsense going.
 
2021-05-14 2:37:05 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CFitzsimmons: There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.

I'd guess subby was talking it's Pomelo origins.  That'd be fair - those things are... not good.  It's like someone filled a fruit rind with gummi sour powder and white grapefruit juice and let it ferment


Now I want to try one.

I really like sour. Like I have to buy the big bottles of lemon or lime juice because I WILL drink straight shots out of them whenever I pull them to use in a recipe; and I have been known to just cut up a lime or a lemon and just suck on it.

I laughed with a "you don't know me" when TFA said no one would drink a cup of straight lime juice.
 
2021-05-14 3:48:37 AM  
I'm not going to copy pasta it from tfa, but the discovery of grapefruit's drug interaction was really interesting. It reinforces the notion that the scientific process goes "Well, that's odd..."
 
2021-05-14 6:07:11 AM  

Boudyro: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CFitzsimmons: There is no way it's the worst tasting fruit. I don't love 'em, but on occasion they are pretty damn good! Some farker will be along to tell us what's a worse tasting fruit.

I'd guess subby was talking it's Pomelo origins.  That'd be fair - those things are... not good.  It's like someone filled a fruit rind with gummi sour powder and white grapefruit juice and let it ferment

Now I want to try one.

I really like sour. Like I have to buy the big bottles of lemon or lime juice because I WILL drink straight shots out of them whenever I pull them to use in a recipe; and I have been known to just cut up a lime or a lemon and just suck on it.

I laughed with a "you don't know me" when TFA said no one would drink a cup of straight lime juice.


I really wouldn't - there's no redeeming flavor underneath the bitter unlike limes etc.  Just bitter ick.  But YMMV.
 
2021-05-14 8:08:02 AM  
Every morning, my grandma would eat half of a grapefruit covered in sugar with a cup of Sanka.
 
2021-05-14 8:34:48 AM  
Grew up in south Florida. We had a grapefruit tree that produced the most sweet grapefruit you could imagine. One year some sort of fruit blight was ravaging the citrus industry and the state of Florida decided to eradicate most home grown citrus. The tree was sent to the wood chipper.
 
2021-05-14 10:41:11 AM  

elvisaintdead: gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.

rosekolodny: gunther_bumpass: Fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodak and a salted rim is incredibly good, you big babies.

Salty Dogs ftw

You're welcome.

I like gin in mine.  I believe it's called a salty bastard.

Either way-
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Paloma FTW:
Tequila
Grapefruit juice
Soda
Lime
Bit of sugar
 
2021-05-14 11:08:31 AM  
Good article. I had heard about the drug interactions, but never heard it explained till now.
I love Grapefruit once in a while. I never understood the hype over pomegranates. To me, it's just a pile of seeds and some slime.
 
2021-05-14 12:49:51 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Every morning, my grandma would eat half of a grapefruit covered in sugar with a cup of Sanka.


same, she even had a special curvy knife to slice around the outside.
 
2021-05-14 12:54:54 PM  

foo monkey: When one of my kids was a baby, I fed him a lime to film his reaction.  Turns out, he LOVED it.  Kid still eats them like candy.



Sorry to hear about your kid's loss of teeth.
 
2021-05-14 1:03:44 PM  
I love grapefruit, but they take up too much space in the fridge, and too much time when I need to eat and go.

Either Dole or Del Monte has grapefruit in a can, and I can easily eat a can a day when I find them on sale.  And getting ruby red juice is wonderful too.

Guess I better check my meds to see if I'm killing myself.
 
2021-05-14 1:52:04 PM  
Pomelo is so much better than grapefruit, both from a taste and handling standpoint that I don't bother with grapefruit.  Pomelo is the fruit equivalent of 'Son, I am disappoint'.
 
2021-05-14 2:07:34 PM  

cherryl taggart: Guess I better check my meds to see if I'm killing myself.


You probably should. Grapefruit can block (Allegra) or amplify (statins) the function of many medications.
 
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