Have you ever eaten a grapefruit? Just a grapefruit and nothing else? No added sugar, no spices or other toppings, not baked or grilled, not in a fruit salad?
One of the things I look forward to this time of year is grapefruit. A grapefruit that is ripe, sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor is heavenly! Grapefruits are in peak season over the winter months and are grown in Florida and Texas, and to a lesser extent in Arizona and California. The variety of grapefruit available in my local store is the Rio Star from Texas. The flavor is exquisite, and they’re already so sweet that it would be sinful to add even a grain of sugar.
In fact, did you know that the Latin name for grapefruit is Citrus paradisi? Yes, eating a grapefruit is like being in paradise 🙂
Grapefruits are so good you! They are an excellent source of vitamin C, and the red flesh varieties are a good source of vitamin A and lycopene (tomatoes are another good source of lycopene). Grapefruits are also packed with a wide variety of different antioxidants which offer protective effects against various tumors and cancers. (Source: World’s Healthiest Foods)
Grapefruit for Breakfast (or simply a snack!)
My favorite way to eat a grapefruit is to simply cut one in half and use a sharp knife to slice around the edge and slice between each segment. Then I scoop out the segments with spoon. This makes the perfect breakfast alongside some of my Chicken and Apple Breakfast Sausages.
Fresh grapefruit juice would also be wonderful at breakfast, but I prefer to eat the whole fruit to get the benefit of the fiber which helps reduce any potential blood sugar spike from drinking pure juice.
Grapefruit Salad Recipes
If you want to try something a little more fancy, here are some tasty-looking salad recipes that use grapefruit which I plan to try.
So if you haven’t eaten any grapefruit yet this winter, go out and buy some now! They are so delicious, and very good for you too 🙂
Caution: There are certain compounds in grapefruit and grapefruit juice that can interact with pharmaceutical drugs and make their effects more potent. If you are taking any drugs, check with your health practitioner first.