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Celebrate National Grapefruit Month

February is National Grapefruit Month! And it’s the perfect time to celebrate this Florida gem because it’s in peak season, meaning that grapefruit is mouth wateringly delicious and fresh this time of year. Scroll through for tips for infusing Florida grapefruit into your life this month.

 

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It’s peak grapefruit season!

Varieties of fresh Florida grapefruit are in peak season from January through April. But don’t fret, 100 percent grapefruit juice is available year-round!
 

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So many colors to choose from!

Most grapefruit have smooth, yellow skin, sometimes with overtones of pink, white, orange or green. The most popular Florida grapefruit varieties are Marsh White, Ruby Red and Flame. The Marsh variety bears a light yellow rind and amber-colored flesh. The bolder Ruby Red grapefruit have a yellow-pink rind and bright pink or red flesh. Flame grapefruit are identified by a yellow rind and dark red flesh. It’s simply pigment; the color has no bearing on the taste.
 

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Beauty comes from the inside

Small blemishes, called wind scars, may appear on grapefruit skin as a result of the fruit rubbing against the tree branches, but they are only skin deep! They do not affect the juicy, flavorful sections inside.
 

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Grapefruit storage tips

Florida grapefruit are fully ripe when picked. They’re fresh and ready to eat when you purchase them, just like other citrus fruit. Grapefruit is best stored loose at cool room temperature for four to five days. Or, store grapefruit in your refrigerator crisper for up to three weeks.


Read on for more about the role Florida grapefruit can play in your healthy lifestyle!

 

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Fuel your active lifestyle!

Whether you’re training for a race, starting a yoga regimen or just hitting the gym a few days each week, it’s important to fill your plate (and glass!) with nutrient-rich foods and beverages. Florida grapefruit and 100 percent grapefruit juice feature an invigorating taste, nutrient-rich profile and potential health and weight management benefits when coupled with an active lifestyle and healthy diet.
 

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Eat up while you slim down

If you’re striving to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, consume fruit and vegetables with high water content, like grapefruit, as part of a healthy weight-management plan to help you feel full and satisfied. Half of a medium Florida grapefruit is fat-free and contains 60 calories.
 

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A Sweet and Sassy glass

A study from the University of Florida shows that pink grapefruit juice delivers more nutrients per calorie than many other commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices, including apple, grape, pineapple and prune.*
 

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* Rampersaud, GC (2007). A comparison of nutrient density scores for 100% fruit juices. Journal of Food Science 72 (4) S261-S266.

 


 

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A perfect pick-me-up

Florida grapefruit helps provide your body with a natural boost in energy while delivering essential nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin A (in pink grapefruit). These nutrients coupled with its invigorating taste make grapefruit an ideal snack post-workout and any time.
 

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Squeeze in some antioxidants

Both one-half of a medium Florida grapefruit and 8 ounces of grapefruit juice deliver vitamin C and phytochemicals. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, may help neutralize free radicals. Many scientists think the long term presence of free radicals can damage cells and tissues and may contribute to the development of certain chronic diseases.

 

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Support a healthy immune system

One-half of a medium grapefruit or an 8-ounce serving of grapefruit juice contains at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C, which can help support a healthy immune system. A properly functioning immune system is necessary to help your body resist disease.

 

Now that you’ve learned all about grapefruit’s health benefits, keep reading for easy ways to incorporate the Florida gem into your meals and snacks every day!
 

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Sweeten things up!

Banish bland meals for good and let the vibrant flavors of Florida grapefruit give your menu a makeover. While this citrus treat is great on its own, it also makes the perfect complement to other foods by adding a unique punch of flavor and taste to your everyday dishes. Grapefruit makes a sweet and tangy addition to citrus salsas, salads and post-workout smoothies. A better meal makes for a better you, so eat and drink up!

 

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Add some zest to your meals

Florida grapefruit segments add tangy sweetness that pairs well with many flavors and textures. Use as a topping on cereal, waffles, pancakes, or in a low-fat yogurt parfait. Or, create delicious grilled kabobs using better-for-you ingredients such as fish, skinless chicken breast, or lean cuts of pork or beef, a mix of vegetables and fresh grapefruit.
 

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Shake up your morning grapefruit routine!

Florida grapefruit toppings can add extra sweetness to the tanginess of fresh grapefruit.
• Bake half of a Florida grapefruit with a topping of brown sugar for a twist on the traditional breakfast treat.
• Top with a spoonful of honey or maple syrup.
• Dash it with cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves.
 

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New uses for 100 percent grapefruit juice

Florida grapefruit juice adds exciting, juicy flavor.

  • Add grapefruit juice to fruit punch to create a thicker texture and tangy taste.
  • Marinate chicken in grapefruit juice for mouth-watering flavor.
  • Prepare salad dressings with grapefruit juice instead of vinegar for a citrus flavor burst.
  • Blend grapefruit juice into smoothies for extra zing.
  • Freeze grapefruit juice in ice pop holders for an easy, delicious frozen treat, or try this recipe for Grapefruit Yogurt Pops!
     

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Add a punch of tangy flavor!

Try using grapefruit segments in stir fry with shrimp to add great texture. Next girls’ night in, prepare this Grapefruit-Shrimp Stir Fry.

 

Grapefruit is not only an amazing addition to your everyday meals, it also has other uses. Read on for more.
 

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Let grapefruit help you relax

After a long winter day, relax at home with a glass of Warm Grapefruit Tea. Breathe in, and feel your cares melt away.
 

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Natural beauty

Florida grapefruit and 100 percent grapefruit juice can do more than liven up a meal and support health. They can also help you achieve everyday natural beauty. The vitamin C found in Florida grapefruit and 100 percent grapefruit juice may help support collagen production to help keep skin looking youthful, glowing and picture perfect for whatever the day throws your way. Collagen breakdown in the skin may contribute to the appearance of wrinkles. Collagen is also a foundation for healthy gum tissue, contributing to your stunning smile.
 

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Pamper feet and hands

After a long day, try pampering tired feet and hands in a bowl of warm water mixed with grapefruit juice.
 

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A whole-body treat!

Whip up our do-it-yourself grapefruit salt scrub to relax and rejuvenate:

  • Stir together ½ cup kosher salt, 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon yellow or pink grapefruit zest and 1 cup almond or sesame oil. This invigorating scrub can be used all over with the exception of the face and freshly-shaven legs. The scrub keeps for up to three weeks when refrigerated in an air-tight container.

 

 
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First Published January 24, 2012

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