By Jason Tromblay. March 31, 2010.
The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus fruit with a bitter to sweet-tasting, which was originally named the “forbidden fruit”. Grapefruits have a yellow-orange skin and their insides are segmented and acidic, varying in color. The most popular varieties are White Grapefruit, Pink Grapefruit and Ruby Red Grapefruit and they have varying degrees of seeds and sweetness.
Grapefruits come in many varieties determined by color which is caused by citrus pigmentation. Are they are not just for snacks or breakfast; their segments may be added to create a salad that is visually appealing as well as tasty and nutritious. Also, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is delicious, very nutritious and can be used in a variety of dessert dishes.
White Grapefruits are typically a pale yellowish/amber color to white color inside. Like their citrus cousins--the Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pink Grapefruit--they also have a yellow outer skin. Typically oblong in shape with a flat-shaped top and bottom, this white citrus variety has a more yellowish outer skin color. Their juice is rich with vitamins and nutrients as well as Vitamin C. This amazing fruit acts as an excellent cleanser for the digestive system and promotes healthy skin.
Pink Grapefruit are a hybrid of a red and white grapefruit. Pink in color (therefore the name!), they are great on their own or sweetened by sprinkling with plain sugar, brown sugar or a sugar substitute of their choice. Since Pink Grapefruit are a blend of white and red grapefruit, they tend to be less sugary, and more acidic and tart to the palate.
They are unbelievably juicing and a wonderful treat during a hot day, squeezed over a tall glass with ice cubes, or blended together with red grapefruit.
Ruby Red Grapefruit
The Ruby Red Grapefruit is among the most popular citrus varieties; also called “Ruby Red” for their bright reddish/pink interior color. A large growing section in the United States is located the Indian River fruit region, a coastal section of Florida. Most Ruby Red Grapefruit are used for slicing or hand squeezing. They typically have few seeds, are tender to eat, with a melting-type of interior flesh.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching fast and furious, why not get a bountiful citrus basket to delight your family and guests this year?! They will not only be visually appealing and the perfect complement to any Thanksgiving table, but also a healthy and nutritious way to celebrate this important holiday.