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[ 5063 ]Citrus paradisi

Grapefruit peel, C/S

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Citrus paradisi
plant overview
concentrated orange aroma and flavor

Grapefruit is a small, woody, broadleaf evergreen tree that produces large fruits with flesh that ranges in color from pale yellow to pink or ruby red, depending on the variety. First discovered in Barbados, bred in Jamaica, and eventually migrating via the West Indies to Florida in the early 19th century, this tropical plant is considered the newest addition of the citrus fruit family. Although there is no official documentation to prove it, grapefruit is thought to exist as an accidental hybrid of a pomelo and an orange.

Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit is juicy with a sweet-sour taste and is abundant in antioxidants, most notably vitamin C. The leaves, flowers and fruit are all edible and are used in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The dried rind, commonly referred to as grapefruit peel, is also used as a flavoring agent, and has applications in natural cosmetics, as a flavoring agent in food and beverages, and as fragrance in perfumery.

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A Bit of Botany

a bit of botany

Grapefruit is a small tree in the Rutaceae family that can reach a height of 30 feet or more, but 15-20 feet is the average. The oblong leaves are dark green and glossy. and the four-to-five-petaled flowers are white and fragrant. The large, round, orange-yellow fruits appear in clusters.

common names & nomenclature
Formerly known as Citrus paradisi (Syn. Citrus × aurantium f. aurantium), grapefruit zest

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting

Grapefruit is a sun-loving, drought-resistant small broadleaf tree that requires moist, but well-drained soil with a pH of 5 – 6. Since the seeds will not produce true-to-type fruit, propagation is achieved by grafting. Pruning beyond occasional shaping is rarely needed. The tree may be grown as a houseplant providing there is adequate light or grown in containers outside and brought indoors for the winter.

The Rest of the Story

the rest of the story

Grapefruit peel is high in soluble fiber, essential oils and antioxidant polyphenols, including vitamin C, hesperidin and naringin. The peel also contains a high concentration of essential oils, the most prevalent of which is limonene (or D-limonene). Both the polyphenols and essential oils in grapefruit peel have been studied for their apparent role in prohibiting oxidative damage from free radicals and the proliferation of cancer cells.

In addition to the antioxidant and potential anticarcinogenic effects of grapefruit polyphenols, other biological actions attributed to the compounds found in the peel include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties.

Where in the World

Habitat and range

Grapefruit is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates throughout the world.

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