GRAPEFRUIT LOWERS CHOLESTEROL?
Grapefruit got its name because it grows in grape-like clusters.
It is related to the Pomelo, which is a large citrus fruit native to Malaysia, with thick skin, firm flesh and less juice than a grapefruit.
Grapefruit originated sometime in the late 18th century in the Caribbean, a hybrid mutation of the pomelo and another citrus fruit, probably the orange.
Grapefruits can vary in color from white to deep blush red. See above, Texas Ruby Red grapefruit
All shades of grapefruits vary widely in flavor from very tart to sweet. The pink grapefruit contains more vitamin A than its white cousin.
Two new grapefruit varieties, Oroblanco (also known as Sweetie) and Melogold have been recently developed by the University of California at Riverside and are currently grown in Southern California. These are low in acid, juicy and just pleasantly tart. If you want a really sweet tasting grapedefruit, the Melogold is for you. This grapefruit-hybrid is a cross between a Pomelo and a white Grapefruit. It is virtually seedless and acid free.
The Melogold has a sister named the Oro Blanco. In Spanish, it translates to "White Gold. The difference in the two fruits is that the Melogold has a thinner rind, which makes for more meat, and it is also sweeter. The Melogold also matures later than its sister.
Select grapefruit with smooth, brightly colored skins. They should feel firm and heavy when you hold them in your palm.
Avoid fruit that looks dented, feels squishy or has white patches, an indication of mold.
Store at room temperature for no more than two days. Grapefruit will keep up to two weeks in a plastic bag in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
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