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Produce Facts: Grapefruit

Feb 18, 2016
grapefruitThe grapefruit is a subtropical citrus fruit, believed to have originated in the West Indies, and it is a cross between the pomelo and the sweet orange.

It's thought that grapefruit got their name because they grow in clusters and look like a big bunch of yellow grapes.

Grapefruit are usually sold by color and variety. Pigmented varieties with a red blush are becoming increasingly popular because they are often sweeter than the yellow varieties (Marsh, Ruby and Thompson.)

Grapefruit are high in Vitamin C and contain pectin, which can reduce levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol.

Pink grapefruit are one of the few good sources of lycopene (tomatoes and watermelon are the other major sources). Lycopene is part of the carotenoid family and it's being investigated for some health benefits in adults.

Important Facts

  • Grapefruit should be stored at 50-55°F and 85-90% humidity.
  • Grapefruit can suffer chill damage if stored below 40°F.
  • Select fruit that is glossy and has golden skin.
  • Grapefruit should feel heavy for their size.

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