Grapefruits (Citrus paradisi) are round fruits with a thick outer skin and fibrous inner flesh held together by a white pith. Depending on variety, little white seeds can be found toward the center of a grapefruit, and the color of the flesh can be red, pink, or white.
Health Benefits of Grapefruits
- Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Cancer Risk
- Protection Against Heart Disease Grapefruit is ranked low on the glycemic index (GI) and therefore is advocated as a good diet fruit.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Grapefruits, and may not necessarily be related to Grapefruits.
How to choose Grapefruits
Look for firm grapefruit that yields slightly when pressed. Avoid overly hard grapefruit as this is a sign of drying, and avoid overly soft grapefruit with a sharp pungent smell as this is a sign of rotting.
How to store Grapefruits
Grapefruits can be stored in the refrigerator and will last 2-3 weeks.
Climate and origin
Grapefruits are thought to have originated in Barbados as a cross between an orange and a pomelo. Today grapefruits are grown in tropical climates around the world. (Zone 9-10 in the U.S.)
Grapefruits have a tart acidic taste with a juicy texture.
The seeds of the grapefruit are very high in antioxidants and may have anti-microbial properties.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Grapefruits + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin A | Lycopene | Vitamin C | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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