Counted among the world’s healthiest foods, the grapefruit is a juicy treat that boasts a host of health benefits.
This unique and incredibly healthy fruit gets the “grape” part of its name from the way its fruit grows in clusters on its tree. Grown on evergreen trees that can reach up to 20 feet tall, it also produces large white-petaled flowers. The grapefruit has a wide range of varieties, including the Oro Blanco, Ruby Red, Pink, Rio Star, Thompson, White Marsh, Flame, Stary Ruby, Duncan, and Pummelo HB, and those are only those of the Texas and Florida varieties.
How Does It Taste?
Tart, tangy, and yet also sweet, the juicy grapefruit is beloved among dieters around the world. In Latin, this fruit is named “Citrus Paradisi”, and a citrusy paradise it truly is.
Few things are as satisfying as the perfect balance of flavors that require few ingredients. Perfectly gourmet and satisfying, this recipe for Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey may require few ingredients but holds a high place among gourmet and high-end desserts. Grapefruit also can work as the star of drinks. Check out this popular recipe to make a Spicy Grapefruit Spritz that even incorporates jalapeno and can be spiked with tequila or mezcal for the perfect cocktail hour treat.
A Place in Pop Culture
Did you ever think that 50 Cent and the humble grapefruit would appear in the news together? After popular comedian Aziz Ansari told a story in his standup about being in a restaurant at a table close to the famous rapper, who was allegedly confused about what a grapefruit was, jokes surged about 50 Cent. However, the rapper insists that he’s had grapefruit juice since his grandma gave it to him as a child.
The pith of the grapefruit is bitter, but can be used for cooking and is also incredibly good for you. Rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and soluble fiber, the pith can keep you full for longer and can even have a positive effect on your glucose reactions.