What’s Great About Grapefruit?
If you’re looking for a juicy burst of flavor that’s as refreshing as anything you’ll ever eat, grapefruits certainly deliver. Large in comparison to other citrus fruits, grapefruits could be described as mouth-wateringly tart with a hint of sweetness – somewhere between a lemon and an orange.Here Are What’s Great About Grapefruit?
Grapefruits are tasty all by themselves or added to any type of fruit or green salad. They’re also a unique and delicious addition to salsa.
Grapefruits have a smooth, easily peel-able skin, but it’s the color of the flesh inside that determines whether it’s a white (blonde), pink, or ruby grapefruit.
Possibly a cross between an orange and a pomelo (an obscure citrus fruit transported from Taiwan to Barbados in the 17th century), grapefruits were discovered and transported from that region a century later.
They underwent cultivation in Florida a hundred or so years later. The state still produces the lion’s share of the U.S. crop, with help from other subtropical states like California, Arizona and Texas. Israel, Brazil, and South Africa are the major world suppliers of grapefruit.
Some grapefruit varieties are puckeringly sour and others succulently sweet. Some grapefruits are seedless, but most contain a handful of white seeds. Heavier fruits often indicate thinner skin and juicier flesh. If they’re rough, lumpy or wrinkled, they may be thick-skinned and dry.
Grapefruits should be firm and give a bit when pressed, but not too spongy. Once they reach your kitchen, keep them at room temperature if they’ll be eaten within a week; otherwise keep them refrigerated. Before peeling, always wash them thoroughly because any germs on the outside can and will reach the edible part of the fruit.
You can section and eat grapefruits as you would an orange, but one popular way involves slicing them in half around the middle, using a paring knife to cut each section between the membranes, and removing with a spoon. This takes a minute, but it’s worth it! The riper they are, the better, not just taste-wise, but in the antioxidant power they offer.
However, consume grapefruit in moderation because they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.
Note: eating grapefruit may, in rare cases, interfere with certain medications, so you may want to discuss this with your doctor.