Florida Fresh: Grapefruit

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Florida Fresh: Grapefruit
Hillan, Jennifer
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University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
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1.This document is FCS8678, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Exte nsion Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: July 2002. Reviewed by Isabel Valentn-Oquendo, MS RD, LD/N. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educati onal information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servi ce office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, Coordinator, Educational/Training Programs, Department of Family, Youth and Community Science s, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. FCS8678Florida Fresh: Grapefrui t1Jennifer Hillan2You can buy delicious fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. You can also ask the person who grew it how to eat it! Because the produce is locally grown, it s fresh and costs less than at the supermarket. Enjoy some of your favorites or try something new! To find a farmers market in your area, call your county Extension office or visit the Florida Department of Agriculture s web site: and FactsGrapefruit got it s name from the way it grows on trees in clusters, like grapes. Florida grows moregrapefruit than anywhereelse in the world! The antioxidant lycopenegives pink and red grapefruittheir color. Eating foodshigh in lycopene may helpreduce the risk of heartdisease and some types ofcancer. Half of a Florida grapefruit gives us about half of thevitamin C we need each day!AvailabilityOctober through JulySelectionChoose grapefruit that are smooth, firm, and feel heavy fortheir size. The skin may have shades of yellow, white, pink orgreen. At the market, they are all ripe and ready to eat! StorageStore grapefruit uncovered in the refrigerator crisper. Eatwithin two weeks.Uses & Preparation Rinse and scrub outside of grapefruit before cutting. Enjoygrapefruit halves with breakfast or as a quick snack. Addgrapefruit segments to tossed salads or fruit salads. Cut and squeeze grapefruit for a refreshing and healthful drink. Grapefruit loses some vitamin C after it s cut, so make only the amount of juice that you will drink right away.


F lorida Fresh: G r apefruit Page 2 July 2002What are Organically Grown Foods?Organically grown means that a food was grown without synthetic (man-made) pesticides or fertilizers. Natural pesticides and fertilizers were used instead. Organic andnon-organic foods are similar in taste and nutritional value.However, organic foods usually cost more. Nutrient Facts Excellent source of vitamin C and fiber Supplies potassium,magnesium, and folate Fat, cholesterol, andsodium free Grapefruit SurpriseServes 4 2 grapefruit, rinsed and segmented 2 cups lowfat yogurt cup wheat germ Place grapefruit in four small bowls. Topwith yogurt and wheat germ and enjoy!Four Star Citrus AmbrosiaServes 4 grated peel of tangerine 1 cup vanilla or lemon lowfat yogurt 2 tangerines, rinsed, peeled, cut into sections2 oranges, rinsed, peeled, cut into sections1 grapefruit, rinsed and segmented2tablespoons flaked coconut Stir tangerine peel into yogurt. Place fruit intofour small bowls. Top with yogurt and coconut.Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.Source: Produce for Better Health FoundationFlorida Tossed SaladServes 4 4 cups spinach or other salad greens, rinsed and torn into small pieces1grapefruit, rinsed and segmented small red onion, thinly sliced cup sesame seeds or chopped walnuts (optional) Dressing:juice from grapefruit 2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 teaspoon honey1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or cilantro(optional) Mix dressing in small bowl and set aside. In large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Add dressing andtoss to coat. Grapefruit Juice and MedicationsGrapefruit juice may interact with some prescription medications, suchas some drugs used to treat anxiety,depression, high blood pressure, andhigh cholesterol. Ask your pharmacistif grapefruit juice affects any of yourmedications. If youre currently drinking grapefruitjuice and takingprescriptionmedications, talk toyour pharmacist ordoctor before youmake any changes.