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In Season Now: Grapefruit

Christine (Amina) Benlafquih gives us a brief introduction to the bitter but amazingly healthy grapefruit.

Grapefruit, the large, yellow to orange-hued citrus fruit of the Citrus x paradisi tree, was first bred as a hybrid in the 18th century. Although notably bitter, some varieties are sweeter and less acidic than others. High in Vitamin C, it’s also a good source of the fibre pectin and antioxidants, and it is believed to be helpful in lowering cholesterol and metabolising fat.



Tip: Select fruit that feels heavy for its size and has unblemished skin. Grapefruit is best stored in the fridge, where it will keep for several weeks. To eat the fruit, cut it in half crosswise and loosen the flesh from the rind with a knife. Sprinkle the halved fruit with sugar (if desired) and scoop out the segments with a spoon.



Quick Recipe: Make an easy grapefruit brulee for dessert. Peel the fruit and slice into ½ inch rounds. Lay the slices on a tray, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, dust generously with granulated sugar, and place under the grill for a few minutes to melt the sugar and soften the fruit. Alternatively, you can use a cook’s blowtorch to transform the sugar into a crunchy topping. Carefully transfer the grapefruit slices to plates and serve.




7 Reasons why you should bring more grapefruit into your diet (taken from tastefullyfrugal.org):


1. It’s diabetes friendly. Eating grapefruit should help cut down on the amount of sugar in your body’s system.


2. They may help you lose weight. Packed with water and fiber, eating grapefruit makes you feel full so you eat less.


3. Eating a grapefruit won’t keep the cold and flu away, but grapefruit can help the illness go away quicker. Grapefruits can also help calm sore throats and coughs.


4. Grapefruit juice can help you sleep better.


5. It helps lower cholesterol and is good for your heart. Packed with flavonoids, particularly hesperidin, it can help raise your HDL (good) cholesterol and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.


6. Grapefruits contain lycopene which helps fight signs of aging as well as several forms of cancer.


7. Grapefruit has been known to help ease pain as it contains salicylic acid, which is also found in aspirin.