Grapefruit are so much more than just a super-sized, slightly tart orange. These enormous citrus fruits are packed full of nutrients and health benefits. They also come in a variety of colours and tastes.
Suitable as a quick and healthy breakfast snack, grapefruit are abundant during the winter months.
This month, let’s get to know grapefruits a little better so we can appreciate just how unique this delicious fruit really is!
Grapefruit’s Family Tree
These large golden orbs are clearly nothing like a grape. So, where does their name come from? Grapefruit are actually named as such because the fruit grow together in giant, grape-like clusters.
Their origins can be traced back to Barbados in the Caribbean. They are the result of a happy accident when a sweet orange (from Jamaica) and a pomelo (from Indonesia) came together to form this hybrid.
The first record of a grapefruit came in 1750. It was when Rev. Griffith Hughes, a Welshman exploring Barbados, described his discovery, which is said to be one of the "Seven Wonders of Barbados."
In the early 1820s, grapefruit were introduced to America. Around a century later, the pink and red varieties were discovered and popularised.
A Rainbow Of Flavours
You might not know it, but there are quite a few varieties of grapefruit. They are mostly identified by the colour of their flesh - including red, white and pink. Their flavours vary too, from the most tart to more sugary and sweet options. All varieties are in season between May and October.
What’s Good In Them?
C is for citrus - and vitamin C, of course! A 100-gram serving can give you around 20% of your daily vitamin C requirement. In winter this is particularly useful as this handy vitamin can help reduce the severity or length of a nasty cold. There’s also a decent helping of potassium and vitamin A.
Grapefruit are an excellent choice for people with diabetes. This is because their low glycemic index doesn't significantly affect insulin or blood sugar levels as some other fruits do. It's also great for lowering cholesterol.
Feeling dehydrated but don’t feel like downing a glass of water? Eat a grapefruit! At 91 percent water, this is a super-hydrating fruit with a good amount of electrolytes to keep your body functioning well.
How To Eat Your Grapefruits
The simplest option is to slice one in half, sprinkle it with honey, maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon - or whatever floats your boat - and enjoy. This what we see all the movie stars doing, after all!
But there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a grapefruit. Team it up with an avocado to make a hearty salad, use it as a sauce with a fish dish, bake it into a citrusy-cake, or use up any excess to make marmalade.
For a warm winter treat, chop in half, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and throw it in the oven to broil (like grilling, but the heat comes from the top). When it looks ready to burst, remove it and wait for it to cool a little. The combo of the juicy tartness and crispy sweetness is quite divine!
A Word Of Caution
While grapefruits are delicious and nutritious, some compounds found within them can interact with medication, producing potentially dangerous results. Most medications will let you know on the package insert. But, take particular care if you are on drugs for heart conditions and birth control. Always check with your doctor before digging in!
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