While many fruits and vegetables provide vitamin C, half a grapefruit gives you 70% percent of what you need for the whole day! In addition, grapefruits also have lycopene, an antioxidant credited with cancer prevention due to it’s free radical combating effects. This FEED-approved winter citrus is the perfect cure for your winter blues!
Selecting and storing:
- Available from November to April, use this tangy and strong-smelling fruit to brighten up dreary winter days.
- Although most are familiar with pink or ruby red grapefruit, white grapefruit is another option for a stronger, tart flavor. The redder the fruit, the sweeter the juice!
- The nose knows – use your sense of smell to find a fresh and fragrant fruit.
- Grapefruit is best stored in the fridge, but allowing it to come to room temperature before serving will produce a sweeter, juicier piece of produce.
Preparation and Recipe Ideas:
- Grapefruit can be cut in half and eaten with a spoon, peeled and eaten like an orange, or try cutting off the pith and slice along each membrane to get perfect grapefruit segments.
- Removing some of the pith also removes some of the fruit’s notorious bitterness — a good tip to keep in mind when introducing this fruit to kiddos who are sensitive to strong flavors.
- Sprinkle sugar or a drizzle of honey on top of a grapefruit half and broil in the oven for a quick and tasty winter treat.
- For a fresh twist on classics, try swapping your usual citrus for grapefruit in anything from marmalades to marinades.