The grapefruit occupies a high position among the citrus fruits because of its flavor, its appetizing properties and its refreshing qualities. The fruit is often very large. It varies in color and may have a pale yellow or pinkish flesh. The rind is usually quarter to half an inch thick.
The grapefruit is indigenous to Indo-China, Thailand and Malaysia. It’s spread to other hot countries from such lands.
It’s nutritive and refrigerant; and owns very much the same properties as the orange, lemon and lime. The seedless variety is the best as it frequently contains increased amount of sugar, calcium and phosphorus. The grapefruit is frequently used as table salad and is taken together with other vegetables and fruit. It’s sometimes cut into half, and the seeds and the hard pith removed from then centre. The cavity is then full of sugar which is also sprinkled over the cut surface.
Grapefruit is an exceptional appetizer. It is an important health builder and also a tonic. In spite of its often sharp, sub-acid taste, the fresh grapefruit has an alkaline reaction after digestion. The citric acid of the fruit is oxidized from the human system and therefore the result is to increase the alkalinity of the fluids of the body. Its juice is beneficial in the prevention and treatment of acidity and several diseases caused by too much acid in the body .
The fruit is also beneficial in relieving constipation. The pulp, when wholly taken, supplies healthy bulk to assist bowel action. It is beneficial in maintaining the health of intestines and is considered as a preventive food item against dysentery, diarrhea, enteritis, as well as other autoimmune diseases of the digestive tract.
When having influenza, the juice of grapefruit is an outstanding remedy as it helps to decrease acidity in the system and its bitter properties arising from a substance called’maringin’, tones up the system and the digestive tract.
The juice of grapefruit is also an exceptional diet in all fevers. It quenches thirst and eliminates the burning sensation created by the fever. It should be taken mixed with water.
Grapefruit comprises a natural’quinine’ and hence is valuable in treating malaria. This’quinine’ is also beneficial in feverish colds. It can be extracted from the fruits by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and then straining the pulp.