Maybe it was ages ago you had a grapefruit?
Or is it something you think should be included
in a “proper” breakfast?
If you enjoy grapefruit and eat it frequently, I am sure you appreciate the Latin name for it as well: Citrus paradisi, citrus from paradise. Nice, right?
New citrus fruit
Grapefruit is fairly new among citrus fruits. Originally it was a random hybrid of orange and pummelo from the Caribbean. It came to Florida some 200 years ago, and around 1920 the sweeter red fruit was discovered in the state of Texas. Where it is now their national fruit. And they can’t be wrong! ;-)
How to use
How do you use the different grapefruit varieties? The white grapefruit is best to make juice from. The pink is so sweet that you can eat it like an orange and the red variety is even sweeter.
5 Benefits with fresh (raw) grapefruit
- It is one of the most valuable of fruits when it comes to dissolve and carry away the inorganic calcium that may have caused deposits in the joints (as in arthritis).
- A flavonoid, Naringin, isolated from grapefruit has been shown to normalize the red blood cell level.
- A substance called galacturonic acid, (available only in grapefruit) breaks up and removes fat deposits built up in the arteries.
- Is a natural antiseptic for wounds.
- Can eliminate toxins, drugs and medicines. Just be careful not to overuse all the citric acid fruits for they are powerful solvers of catarrhal accumulations in the body and too much toxic material at once can cause abscesses, irritated nerves, diarrhea and other problems.
Beware of grapefruit!
Sure, the grapefruit is both yummy and useful. But there is a danger of eating too much – especially when combined with certain medications.
Grapefruit seed extract
From grapefruit seeds you can get an extract that is available in both liquid and capsules; and also as cream.
It is effective for destroying bacteria, fungi, yeast and other harmful organisms. When diluted it may help to overcome
a sore throat, food poisoning, acne, traveler’s diarrhea and a candida infection.
Undiluted, it can even get a wart to disappear.
Here you will find a recipe with grapefruit:
Shop for grapefruit
Have you been inspired now and long for a juicy citrus? Then go and buy yourself a lovely grapefruit. It should be heavy and with thin skin, they usually contain more juice than those with thick “spongy” skin. Blood grapefruit is the sweetest.
You could buy a few pieces of fruit, they will keep well in the fridge – for two whole months!
Whole Foods Companion by Dianne Onstad