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Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Grapefruits are a perfectly puckery member of the citrus family and received their name because they grow in clusters, like enormous grapes! This fruit was discovered accidentally in Barbados when a cross­hybrid of a sweet orange and a pomelo were introduced.

Grapefruit adds bold, distinctive flavor to recipes.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Eat fresh grapefruit within two weeks of purchasing.

To store grapefruits long term, peel them and remove as much of the pith (the white parts) as possible, then put into freezer bags and freeze for up to one month.

Clever Uses

Rubbing grapefruit over the dark patches on your knees and elbows can help fade the spots by reducing excess production of skin pigment.

Use grapefruit peels in your cleaning routine! Dip the postjuiced grapefruit half in a plate of sea salt, then rub the grapefruit all over your bathroom fixtures. The citric acid in the fruit dissolves dirt and grime and the salt scrubs and disinfects. Rinse well with water after scrubbing.

Cooking Tips

Swap out of the orange juice in your mimosa with grapefruit juice for zingy brunch drink!

For a breakfast that comes with its own bowl, slice a grapefruit in half, then use a small, sharppointed knife to make a cut separating pulp from skil around the entire circumference. Make cuts separating the pulp from the tough portion which divides the fruit into sections. Sprinkle with sugar and place under broiler for a few minutes until the sugar caramelizes.

Health Benefits

Grapefruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system and is essential for producing healthy collagen, a protein that keeps your skin plump and smooth!

The lovely red and pink colors of grapefruit are due to the presence of lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that makes grapefruit a superfood!

Because grapefruit curbs hunger, it is said to aid weight loss. People who ate half a grapfruit before every meal shed an average of three and a half pounds over 12 weeks!

Eating two grapefruits a day prevents and can even reverse damage caused by gum disease!

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