Grapefruit

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Grapefruit

The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its relatively large sour to semi-sweet, somewhat bitter fruit. The grapefruit contains 52 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, 28% of vitamin A, 64% of vitamin C, and 5% of vitamin B-6. Some benefits it has are it may benefit your immune system, promotes appetite control, aids weight loss, prevents insulin resistance and diabetes, improves heart health, and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

Interesting facts about Grapefruit

Other names: White Grapefruit, Pink Grapefruit, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Pomelo Grapefruit  

  • Are you aware that this citrus fruit got its name, grapefruit, because it grows on the tree in clusters, like grapes? (Sometimes as many as 25 fruits in a cluster hang from a tree.)
A wagon load of grapefruit, Florida
A wagon load of grapefruit, Florida
  • Are you aware that a grapefruit contains both a sweet and tangy flavor?
  • Are you aware that the U.S. is the top producer of grapefruit?
  • Are you aware that that the sweetest and juiciest grapefruit can be found in supermarkets from December to June and come from Florida and Texas?
  • Are you aware that that California and Florida grapefruit are different? (Florida grapefruit have a thinner rind and are sweeter and less pulpy. California grapefruit are easier to peel and segment, but they are not as juicy and their flavor is only fair.)
Pink grape fruit
Pink grape fruit
  • Are you aware that that the original grapefruit was called a pomelo or shaddock? (This fruit can sometimes be found in Oriental markets. They are larger than grapefruit and have a rough, puffy, thick rind. They contain lots of seeds are sour tasting and have very little juice.)
  • Are you aware that there are three major types of grapefruits --- white, pink/red and star ruby/rio red? (The types of grapefruit are based on the color of the pulp or flesh.)
  • Are you aware that grapefruits usually have a yellow or yellow-pink skin?
  • Are you aware that grapefruits are round in shape?
  • Are you aware that that grapefruits containing seeds are used to make juice?
  • Are you aware that that the pink and red varieties contain more vitamins than the white grapefruit? (Red grapefruit contains over 20 times more vitamin A than white. Vitamin A is important for cell growth and development, for fighting off diseases and for good vision.)

Nutritional information on Grapefruit

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