This month we celebrate the fruit known in scientific circles as Citrus paradisi, or “Fruit from Paradise”: the grapefruit.
Grapefruit were first discovered in the forest of the Caribbean island of Barbados. A natural hybrid of the pomelo and the orange, It is one of the most widely-cultivated fruits in the United States today. The grapefruit tree is a subtropical, evergreen, medium sized tree, which grows to about 45 feet in height, with the fruit growing in clusters (hence, the name grapefruit).The fruit can be white, pink, or Ruby Red, and can have few or many seeds.
Some facts about grapefruit:
- Each fruit contains 10 to 12 sections, called arils. A grapefruit can be sectioned and eaten like an orange.
- A grapefruit is 75% juice. One medium grapefruit will give you about 2/3 cup of juice.
- Freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, when stored covered in the refrigerator, will retain 98% of its Vitamin C for up to a week.
- Seventy percent of the grapefruit grown in Florida is grown in an approximately 200-mile-long strip of land along the Atlantic Coast known as the Indian River Citrus District.
The health benefits of eating red grapefruit in particular are well documented. To find out more, please see our other articles on this subject.
Grapefruit are in season in Florida from October to May. After purchasing, they can be kept at room temperature for a few days. For longer storage place them in the fruit/vegetable compartment of your refrigerator. They will keep well for up to 3 weeks.
Wash Grapefruit under cool water before eating to get rid of any dirt or pesticides that may be on the skin.Even if you are throwing away the peel, cutting into an unwashed fruit may transfer dirt or bacteria on the skin into the flesh.
You can purchase our grove-fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit at orangering.com by themselves, or in combination with other varieties we offer in season, such as our Navel Oranges, Valencia Oranges, Sol Zest Mandarins, Honeybell Tangelos, and Tangerines. Order some today and celebrate National Grapefruit Month!