Foods We Love: Grapefruit
Grapefruits are the essence of tart and tangy. There's the classic yellow, the slightly sweeter pink (my fave), and ruby red. Grapefruit is the only citrus strain not discovered in Southeast Asia, but rather in the West Indies. The juicy treat was originally known as "forbidden fruit," and later became known as grapefruit because of the grapelike clusters in which it grows. The grapefruit was brought to North America, specifically Florida, in the early 19th century by the French count Philippe Odet. In 1885, Florida made its first shipment of grapefruits to New York and Philadelphia.
Grapefruits are so high in Vitamin C vitamin -- that helps to support the immune system -- that one cup offers a whopping 120% of your recommended daily allowance, as well as 53% of your RDA of Vitamin A. Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have suggested that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. Vitamin C also helps prevent the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade and is believed to help reduce the severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis as a result.
Here is a fantastically refreshing grapefruit recipe from MarthaStewart.com. When you're done, make sure to get your bowl sparkly clean by using Free & Clear Automatic Dishwasher Pacs, a convenient, mess-free alternative to regular powders and gels.
Grapefruit and Watercress Salad
Prep and total time: 20 minutes
• 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 ruby red grapefruit
• 2 bunches watercress, tough stem ends removed (about 8 cups)
• 1 avocado, pitted and peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise and halved crosswise
• coarse salt and ground pepper
1. Make dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, and oil until combined.
2. Peel and cut grapefruit into segments (reserve juice for another use). Add watercress, avocado, and grapefruit to bowl with dressing. Season with salt and pepper; toss gently to combine. Serve.