Sniff, sniff; that must be grapefruit!

It’s not your imagination; the scent of grapefruit is everywhere.

Besides being a favorite flavor for citrus lovers, grapefruit is a popular alternative scent to traditional citrus fragrances such as lemon, lime and orange.

For example, Method’s all-purpose natural surface cleaner uses pink grapefruit scent. Williams-Sonoma also uses pink grapefruit — or if you prefer, the French pamplemousse rose — for its Essential Oils all-purpose cleaner, hand lotion, hand soap and dish soap. Grapefruit candles are almost as common as the real fruit.

Grapefruit also provides the right fruity note for Clinique’s new Calyx perfume. Clinique describes Calyx as, “An exhilarating scent that is sparkling and fresh. Energizing and audacious, it uplifts the mood and is ideal for the fragrance connoisseur who appreciates the fresh distinction of this unique and highly acclaimed scent.”

See what grapefruit can do?

For folks who would rather eat their grapefruit, we have plenty of ideas in today’s Food & Wine section. (Read it at )

Here’s a classic bonus recipe: Grapefruit granita. It’s a perfect palate cleanser for heavy winter meals and can be made without an ice cream or sorbet maker. Garnished with fresh grapefruit segments, it smells as good as it tastes.

Grapefruit granita

Serves 6

This version of grapefruit granita uses fresh segments as garnish. The granita itself can be frozen up to two weeks in advance; re-scrape just before serving. From “The Sunset Cookbook” (Oxmoor House).


3 pink grapefruit (10 to 12 ounces each), cut into segments, juice reserved

4 cups (1 quart) store-bought grapefruit juice

2/3 cup sugar


Coarsely chop grapefruit segments. Cover and chill until ready to use. In a large bowl, stir fresh grapefruit juice, store-bought grapefruit juice and sugar until sugar dissolved. Pour into a 9- by 13-inch metal baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

When juice mixture is frozen, quickly scrape with a fork to break it up and form fluffy crystals. Scoop granita into wineglasses or bowls.

Top with reserved grapefruit segments and serve immediately.