Semi-sweet and tangy, grapefruit have a juiciness that rivals that of the ever-popular orange and have many of the same health benefits. Originating in Barbados, the grapefruit is said to be the result of an accidental cross between an orange and a pomelo, and was first recorded in 1750. For unknown reasons, it is referred to as “the forbidden fruit,” and was also known as a shaddock up until the 19th Century.
Why call it a grapefruit if it looks and tastes nothing like a grape? Well, the name does not relate to the fruit itself, but its growing habits. Grapefruits often grow in clusters, resembling bunches of grapes on a vine.
Grapefruit come in a range colours and varieties and are sorted according to the hue of the flesh, which can be red, white or pink. High in vitamin C and antioxidants, studies have shown they can help reduce cholesterol when consumed regularly. They give a great vitamin A boost - half a grapefruit provides 28% of your daily requirement - compared to oranges which only give a measly 4%. Vitamin A is great for the eyes, heart, lungs and kidneys.
They’re also a great snack for diabetics, with a low glycemic index. Unlike many sweet fruits, consuming a grapefruit won’t have any impact on your blood sugar or insulin levels.
Grapefruits are 92% water - one of the highest water contents of any fruit, so are great for staying hydrated.
We supply the Morrisons Seedless variety. These grapefruit are large, golden, and full of flavour and juice, with very few seeds - they are simply delicious eaten for a healthy breakfast…no sugar required!
The Morrison grapefruit was brought to New Zealand by Sir George Grey, who famously lived on Kawau Island. It was later passed onto Warkworth resident Mr Morrison in 1860, who continued to develop and cultivate the variety.
Our grapefruit store well at room temperature out of direct sunlight for a week, but will last much longer in the fridge.
Available from July until December.