Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

The Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) is a subtropical citrus tree known for its large bitter sweet fruit. Grapefruit is an accidental 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados between two introduced species - sweet orance (C. sinensis) and pomelo (C. maxima).

Grapefruit comes in many varieties. One way to differentiate between varieties is by the flesh color of fruit they produce. The most popular varieties currently cultivated are red, white, and pink hues. The family of flavors range from highly acidic and somewhat sour, to sweet and tart.

Grapefruit is a rich source of vitamin C (>20% of the Daily Value in a 100 gram serving), contains the fiber pectin, and the pink and red hues contain the beneficial antioxidant lycopene. Studies have shown grapefruit helps lower cholesterol, and there is evidence that the seeds have antioxidant properties. Grapefruit forms a core part of the "grapefruit diet", the theory being that the fruit's low glycemic index is able to help the body's metabolism burn fat. Grapefruit juice contains about half the citric acid of lime or lemon juice (which contain about 47 g/l), and about two-and-a-half times the amount of citric acid found in orange juice.

Grapefruit peel oil is used in aromatherapy and it is historically known for its aroma. Like many citrus fruits grapefruit is high in Vitamin C. Grapefruit oil is antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and tonic. It brightens and clears the complexion. It promotes the synthesis of new collagen and improves skin tone. The powder version of the skin of this fabulous fruit makes a wonderful natural exfoliant for oily, blemished or acne skin prone.

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