Grapefruits (Citrus paradisi) are hybrid citrus fruits that originated in Barbados. They are called grapefruits because they grow in clusters similar to grapes; their original name was shattuck.The different varieties of grapefruit that exist are based on the colour of their pulp – having red, white, and pink hues. The white pulp variety of grapefruits is the most common type in Jamaica.
The red variety of grapefruits are rich in lycopene.
I read that grapefruits can curb the appetite resulting in weight loss. The fruit’s compounds aid in burning fats, and stabilizing blood sugar, and insulin levels. Grapefruits are also good for heart health – lowering cholesterol, and are used for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis. The red variety of grapefruits protects against prostate cancer.
As children, we had four grapefruit trees in our yard, and we enjoyed eating the fruits . . . whether they were sweet, bitter, or sour. This was not so for our childhood friends, they disliked grapefruits and would only eat the fruit with condensed milk. Grapefruit with condensed milk is prepared as follows:1. Peel and cut the grapefruit like you would an orange, then remove the seeds. 2. Use a sharp knife (or grapefruit knife) to remove the middle core of the grapefruit. 3. Fill the grapefruit with condensed milk. 4. Eat and enjoy, with or without a spoon.
Personally, I find grapefruits to be an excellent cure for my sore throat, and I eat many of them whenever I have a cold or the flu.
NB. If you are lactose-intolerant, you can enjoy your grapefruit with honey instead of condensed milk.
Warning: Grapefruits are known to have an adverse reaction when they are combined with specific medical drugs. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider about eating grapefruits when taking medication.