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Fresh Grapefruit Texas Rio Star Grapefruit

GRAPEFRUIT

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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 flesh inside.

Beneficial Effects

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.

Grapefruit Quote

There is a lot more juice in a grapefruit than meets the eye.
-Anonymous

Nutrition facts for Grapefruit

78 calories, 0.24 grams fat, Carbohydrates: 20 grams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 2 grams



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