like all citrus
fruit, is a Hesperidum, or a large modified berry with a thick rind.
Why is it called a grapefruit? It doesn't look like a grape.
It is believed that the name refers to the grapelike way that
grapefruit grows in clusters on a tree. Another explanation is that the
premature grapefruit looks similar in shape to unripe green grapes.
The grapefruit is a probably cross between a Pummelo and a sweet orange.
C and a Lot More
Just half of a small- to medium-sized grapefruit has about 40
milligrams of vitamin C. That's a good portion of the 75 milligrams
daily recommended for women and 90 milligrams for men.
Given a choice, opt for pink or red types. For just a slight
increase in calories (50 compared with 40), pink or red grapefruit
offers significantly more vitamin A, beta carotene and lycopene than
its paler cousin. Both types of grapefruit also offer some potassium
and a gram or two of fiber.
Experts recommend choosing grapefruit that is glossy, round, smooth and
heavy for its size. Avoid grapefruit with brown or soft spots. You can
store uncut grapefruit at room temperature for up to a week, or leave
it in the refrigerator for up to eight weeks. But if possible, serve
grapefruit at room temperature -- it's juicier that way
Grapefruit juice can interact with some types of prescription
medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
and Veggies Matter program, the
effect of grapefruit juice was discovered by accident when researchers
were trying to determine if alcohol had an effect on a particular blood
pressure medication. To hide the taste of the alcohol, the scientists
put it in a glass of grapefruit juice. They found the alcohol didn't
have an effect, but the grapefruit juice did -- it greatly increased
the medication's effects. That can be dangerous.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure any prescription drugs
you take aren't affected by grapefruit juice; if there's a problem,
it's best to avoid grapefruit or inquire if an alternative medication
from the grower
Rio Red Grapefruit