Grapefruits are available all year and, as with most citrus, there are a number of varieties available. For example, the red grapefruit is known for its red interior colour, sweet taste and seedless qualities.
Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruit has a juiciness that rivals that of the ever popular orange and sparkles with many of the same health promoting benefits. Although available throughout the year, they are in season and at their best from winter through early spring.
Grapefruits usually range in diameter from four to six inches and include both seed and seedless and pink and white varieties. The wonderful flavor of a grapefruit is like paradise as is expressed by its Latin name, Citrus paradisi.
Grapefruit are grown in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Northern Queensland and New South Wales.
Check the color – a ripe grapefruit will be slightly reddish in color. Both oranges and grapefruits should be slightly oval in shape with a slightly flattened bottom and top.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. They also contain the antioxidant Lycopene and Phytonutrients Limonoids.
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