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Grapefruit – The Forgotten Citrus

February 24, 2012

Yum, I love grapefruit!  I find that many people forget about grapefruits…when they think citrus, they think oranges!  Grapefruits date back to the early 1700s and were first introduced to Florida in 1820.  Did you ever wonder how grapefruit got its name (or how any food gets its name)?  Grapefruits grow on trees in clusters, very similar to how grapes grow, and therefore they were called grapefruits!

Grapefruit come in 3 varieties…white, pink/red and star ruby.  When choosing your grapefruit, choose those that are glossy, round, smooth and heavy.  If you see brown or soft spots, put it down.  You can store grapefruit at room temperature for up to a week, and in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks!

 

This Florida citrus fruit is loaded with nutrients that are vital for good health.  Grapefruits are full of disease fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C and lycopene, which can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Grapefruits are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol.  The fiber in grapefruit can also alleviate constipation and regulate your digestive system.

 

Grapefruits are delicious and juicy making it the perfect snack.  I love eating fresh grapefruit sections or eating half a grapefruit with my special serrated grapefruit spoon!

 

The juice in grapefruit interacts with certain medications.  Please check with your pharmacist and doctor before including grapefruit or grapefruit juice into your diet.

 

My favorite type of grapefruit is the pink/red or star ruby.  What’s yours??

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