The term grapefruit dates to eighteenth century West Indies, making
it the only citrus fruit that originated in the New World. (Possibly a natural
mutation of the pomelo and another citrus fruit)
It is a wonderful, vitamin-rich fruit that should play a major part of
any juicing diet. During the Winter months, we juice grapefruit every morning.
The grapefruit tree is about the size of an orange tree, ultimately reaching
twenty to forty feet in height. Grapefruit is commonly becoming available
throughout the year, although the main season is from January to May.
Quality grapefruit should be firm, yet springy to the touch. Green or yellow
marks on the skin of the fruit in no way effect the taste inside. Grapefruit
are grown heavily in California, Florida and Texas. We happen to love the
Texas variety, which is marketed under the name Rio or Rio
Red grapefruit. They are sweeter to the taste, with pinker colored
Grapefruit is a subtropical acid fruit. It is best when eaten or juiced
with other acid fruits, like oranges or strawberries. It is rich in Vitamin
C and B1. It is a good source of vitamin B2. For minerals, they contain significant
amounts of potassium and calcium.
There is less sugar in grapefruit than in oranges. The citric acid in grapefruit
often stirs up and eliminates toxic material in the body. Consequently, people
starting to drink grapefruit juice experience a general housecleaning that
results in temporary acne, skin problems and diarrhea.
Because of its high vitamin C content it is an excellent morning juice
to keep healthy and fend off winter cold/flu maladies.
Grapefruit rind contains significant amounts of vitamins. Do not peel off
the white layer of rind when juicing grapefruit, only the outermost later
of skin. Vitamin P works with Vitamin C to build the immune system. Vitamin
P also is important for healthy gums and teeth.
Grapefruit is beneficial to prevent hardening of any body tissue, such
as the liver and the arteries. Grapefruit helps prevent stone formations.
There is a lot more juice in a grapefruit than meets the eye.