Eat Seasonably – GRAPEFRUIT

While many fruits and vegetables provide vitamin C, half a grapefruit gives you 70% percent of what you need for the whole day!  In addition, grapefruits also have lycopene, an antioxidant credited with cancer prevention due to it’s free radical combating effects.  This FEED-approved winter citrus is the perfect cure for your winter blues!

Selecting and storing:

  • Available from November to April, use this tangy and strong-smelling fruit to brighten up deary winter days.
  • Although most are familiar with pink or ruby red grapefruit, white grapefruit is another option for a stronger, tart flavor.  The redder the fruit, the sweeter the juice!
  • The nose knows – use your sense of smell to find a fresh and fragrant fruit.
  • Grapefruit is best stored in the fridge, but allowing it to come to room temperature before serving will produce a sweeter, juicier piece of produce.

Preparation and Recipe Ideas:

  • Grapefruit can be cut in half and eaten with a spoon, peeled and eaten like an orange, or try cutting off the pith and slice along each membrane to get perfect grapefruit segments.
  • Removing some of the pith also removes some of the fruit’s notorious bitterness —  a good tip to keep in mind when introducing this fruit to kiddos who are sensitive to strong flavors.
  • Sprinkle sugar or a drizzle of honey on top of a grapefruit half and broil in the oven for a quick and tasty winter treat.
  • For a fresh twist on classics, try swapping your usual citrus for grapefruit in anything from marmalades to meringue pies.

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Lara Field MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Specialist in Pediatrics with over a decade of clinical and client experience planning healthy diets. When she’s not actively working to keep her clients healthy, she’s a busy mother of two active and healthy boys and a love for testing new recipes in her kitchen.