All Things Grapefruit

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a tropical citrus fruit that mainly grows in four separate states in the U.S.: Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.  The grapefruit that comes from the western half of the U.S. is in season January through August, and the fruits that come from Texas and Florida are in season October through June making grapefruit easy to find year-round. They get their name because they grow in grape-like clusters on trees.

What to look for when purchasing:

Look for fruits that have smooth fine textured skin and are brightly colored.  They should yield slightly to pressure when pressed but return to original shape when the pressure is removed.  The heavier fruits will be juicier fruits.

How to store:

Grapefruit should be stored wrapped in plastic in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator.  It should not be left at room temperature for more than a day or two.

Varieties:

Seeded and seedless are the main categories of grapefruit that also come in two different colors; white and pink.  The white variety varies from white to pale pink while the pink variety varies from pale pink to brilliant ruby red.  All grapefruits have a pale yellow skin and some can have a pink blush to them.

Nutritional Benefits:

How to Use Grapefruit in Cooking

We love grapefruit alone or even broiled in the oven sprinkled with a tiny amount of coconut sugar.

Toss small segments of grapefruit into a salad for a refreshing sweet surprise.

Our Chefs & Nutritionists Say:

“I love grapefruit by itself.  It makes a great snack and is a Candida friendly fruit which I love!”

-Basilia Theofilou, Nutrition Advisor, PreviMedica

References:

Herbst, Sharon Tyler. Food lover’s companion: comprehensive definitions of over 7200 food, wine, and culinary terms. 5th ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2013. Print.

 

 

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