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Dark Red Grapefruit

The Dark Red Grapefruit is also known as Flame, Ray or Star Ruby. The fruit has an exceptionally intense dark red, seedless interior and sweet flavor with very little bitterness. The rind is smooth and yellow with blush pigmentation.

Seasonal Availability

MONTH J F M A M J J A S O N D
Florida X X X X 1/2 X X
Mexico X X X X 1/2
MONTH
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Florida
X X X X 1/2 X X
Mexico
X X X X 1/2

Regions

Florida, Mexico

Health Benefits

  • Half of one grapefruit provides at least 100% of the daily value for Vitamin C
  • Along with vitamin C, grapefruit provides a host of other nutrients that your immune system needs to stay strong and healthy
  • Sodium free
  • Saturated fat free
  • Cholesterol free
  • Can be part of a heart healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Dark red grapefruit contains lycopene, a photonutrient associated with many health benefits
  • Grapefruit is part of the  "super food" family

How to Select

Select a grapefruit that is round, firm and heavy in size.  The skin should be smooth with a red blush.  The interior will have a deep red flesh. Skin blemishes or other minor flaws on the skin will not affect the eating quality of the fruit.  Grapefruit are full ripe when picked.  They will not continue to ripen once they are harvested.

How to Store

Storing citrus in the refrigerator keeps it better tasting, better looking and firmer than citrus stored at room temperature. The refrigerator's crisper drawer is the best spot for fresh citrus; there it will generally remain fresh for two to three weeks. You need not worry about the ripeness of citrus --- the fruit is never picked until it's fully ripe; and once picked it will not ripen any further.

How to Prepare