The grapefruit occupies a high position among the citrus fruits because of its taste, its appetizing properties and its refreshing qualities. The fruit is often very large. 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 popular countries from such lands.
It is nutritive and refrigerant; and possesses very much the very same properties as the orange, lemon and lime. The seedless variety is the best as it frequently contains greater amount of sugar, magnesium and calcium. 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 challenging pith removed from then center. The cavity is then filled with sugar that’s also sprinkled over the surface.
Grapefruit is an exceptional appetizer. It promotes salivary and gastric digestion. It’s an important health builder and also a tonic. In spite of its often sharp, sub-acid taste, the fresh grapefruit has an inflammatory reaction following digestion. The citric acid of the fruit is oxidized from the body and hence the effect is to raise the alkalinity of the fluids of the body. Its juice is beneficial in the prevention and treatment of acidity and many diseases caused by too much acid in the body system.
The fruit is also beneficial in relieving constipation. The pulp, when fully removed, provides healthy bulk to assist bowel action. It is beneficial in maintaining the health of intestines and is regarded as a preventative food item against dysentery, diarrhea, enteritis, and other infective diseases of the digestive tract.
When having influenza, the juice of grapefruit is an excellent remedy as it helps to reduce acidity in the system and its bitter properties originating from a substance known as’maringin’, tones up the system and the digestive tract.
The juice of grapefruit is also an excellent diet in most fevers. It quenches thirst and removes the burning sensation produced by the fever.
Grapefruit comprises a natural’quinine’ and hence is valuable in the treatment of malaria. This’quinine’ is also beneficial in feverish colds.