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 quite large. It varies in colour and may have a pale yellow or pinkish flesh. The rind is usually quarter to half an inch thick.
The grapefruit is native to Indo-China, Thailand and Malaysia. It has spread to other hot countries from such lands. It’s now extensively grown in West Indies, Israel, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA and India.
It’s nutritive and refrigerant; and possesses very much the same properties as the orange, lemon and lime. The seedless variety is the best as it often contains increased quantity of sugar, magnesium and calcium. The grapefruit is frequently used as table salad and is taken jointly with other fruit and vegetables. It is sometimes cut into half, and the seeds and the hard pith removed from then center. The cavity is then filled with sugar that’s also sprinkled over the cut surface.
Grapefruit is an excellent appetizer. It promotes salivary and gastric digestion. It is an important health builder in addition to a tonic. Regardless of its often sharp, sub-acid flavor, the fresh grapefruit has an inflammatory reaction following digestion. The citric acid of the fruit is oxidized from the body and hence 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 valuable in relieving constipation. The pulp, when wholly taken, supplies healthy bulk to aid bowel action. It’s beneficial in maintaining the health of intestines and is considered as a preventative 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 known as’maringin’, tones up the system and the digestive tract.
The juice of grapefruit is also an excellent diet in all fevers. It quenches thirst and eliminates the burning sensation produced by the fever. It should be taken mixed with water.
Grapefruit contains a natural’quinine’ and hence is beneficial in treating malaria. This’quinine’ can also be beneficial in feverish colds. It can be extracted from the fruits by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and then straining the pulp.