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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.*
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.