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January Fruit of the Month: Grapefruit

As we enter a new year, what better way to embrace fresh beginnings than with the vibrant burst of flavor that grapefruit brings? January’s citrus star, grapefruit, is a zesty delight for your taste buds and a powerhouse of nutrients. Let’s explore the juicy details of this refreshing fruit and how you can incorporate it into your daily routine.

Grapefruit is an excellent source of:

  • Vitamin C: Just like its citrus cousins, grapefruit is a stellar vitamin C source known for its immune-boosting properties.
  • Antioxidants: Loaded with antioxidants, grapefruit plays a role in neutralizing free radicals and supporting your body’s defense against oxidative stress.
  • Hydration: With its high water content, grapefruit helps keep you hydrated, which is especially important during winter.

Did you know?

  • Native to the Caribbean, it’s believed to be a cross between a pomelo and an orange. It made its way to the United States in the early 19th century and quickly became a beloved citrus variety.
  • The name “grapefruit” is believed to have originated because the fruit grows in clusters, resembling grapes.
  • There are different grapefruit varieties, ranging from the sweet and mild to the tart and tangy. Pink, red, and white grapefruits each offer a unique flavor profile.

Add grapefruit to your routine:

So, why should grapefruit have a special place in your daily routine? Here are some fantastic reasons to indulge in this citrus sensation:

  • Morning Wake-Up: Kickstart your day with a burst of energy by adding grapefruit to your breakfast. The refreshing scent alone is enough to wake up your senses.
  • Snack with a Zing: When that midday craving hits, reach for a grapefruit instead of sugary snacks. Its natural sweetness satisfies your sweet tooth while keeping things healthy.
  • Salads with a Twist: Toss grapefruit segments into your salads for a refreshing twist. The citrusy flavor pairs well with greens and other fruits.
  • Hydrating Flavors: Infuse your water with grapefruit slices for a refreshing and hydrating beverage. Add a sprig of mint for an extra burst of freshness.

Selecting the perfect grapefruit:

Picking the right grapefruit ensures you get the best flavor and juiciness. Here’s what to look for at the grocery store:

  • Color Matters: Choose grapefruits that have a vibrant and consistent color. For example, pink or red grapefruits should have a deep, even hue.
  • Heaviness is a Good Sign: Opt for grapefruits that feel heavy for their size. This indicates juiciness.
  • Smooth Skin: Look for fruits with smooth and blemish-free skin. Avoid any that have soft spots or wrinkles.

Storing Grapefruits:

Proper storage ensures your grapefruits stay fresh for longer:

  • Refrigerate: Store whole grapefruits in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. They can last up to two weeks when refrigerated.
  • Ventilation is Key: If storing in a fruit bowl, ensure good ventilation. Don’t let grapefruits sit in a closed bag, as they can become moldy.
  • Keep them Separated: If you’ve cut grapefruit and have leftovers, store the unused portion in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out or absorbing odors from the fridge.

How to Eat Grapefruit:

Eating grapefruit is a delight on its own, but here are some tips to enhance your experience:

  • Segmenting Technique: To enjoy grapefruit segments without the bitter membrane, use a knife to cut off the top and bottom, then slice off the peel and pith. Hold the grapefruit over a bowl and carefully cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment to release it.
  • Sprinkle with Sugar: If you find grapefruit too tart, a sprinkle of sugar or a drizzle of honey can balance the flavors.
  • Juicing: Squeeze grapefruit for a refreshing juice. Mix it with oranges for a sweeter taste or add a splash to your morning smoothie.
  • Broiled or Grilled: Try broiling or grilling grapefruit halves for a warm and slightly caramelized treat. A sprinkle of cinnamon or brown sugar enhances the natural sweetness.

Grapefruit Recipe: Zesty Citrus Salad


2 grapefruits, segmented

1 avocado, diced

1 cup arugula

1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette


  1. Gently toss grapefruit segments, diced avocado, arugula, and feta cheese in a bowl.
  1. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss again until well combined.
  1. Serve immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors!