The grapefruit is so named because it grows in bunches which, when the fruit is unripe, vaguely resemble bunches of grapes. Because of this misleading name, there have been several attempts to rename the fruit.Know More
The grapefruit was first discovered in Jamaica in the 1700s. The fruit was initially thought to be a variant of the pummelo, a giant citrus fruit. In the 1750s, it was often referred to as the "forbidden fruit," in reference to the fruit tree from the Garden of Eden. It also was sometimes called the "smaller shaddock," as the large pummelo was sometimes called a shaddock. Sometime in the early 1800s, a horticulturalist noted the fruit's resemblance to grapes when growing and created its current English moniker.
Although the grapefruit is related to the pummelo, it is not merely a variant. Instead, grapefruit is a hybrid of pummelos and oranges. However, uncovering the true origin of the fruit has not led to a consensus on its naming. The Dutch use either the name "shaddock" or "pampelmoose "to refer to a grapefruit, and France and Italy use terms related to "pampelmoose." In English, the name "grapefruit" remains despite several attempts at rebranding. For example, in 1962, Florida Citrus Mutual pushed to change the name to something more appealing. However, public outcry ended their attempts to rename the grapefruit.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
According to citrus fruit vendors Pittman & Davis, it's possible to freeze grapefruit and maintain good quality. The grapefruit should be peeled and the white pith stripped off, then the fruit should be put into a plastic bag. When frozen, grapefruit remains edible for up to one month.Full Answer >
Cut a grapefruit by slicing into the fruit, removing the peel and pith, and cutting the meat into edible sections. There are several ways to cut a grapefruit depending on the method of eating desired.Full Answer >
Red grapes are actually healthier than green grapes because they have a higher flavonoid content and are therefore richer in antioxidants than green grapes. The flavonoids cluster in the darker skin of the red grape.Full Answer >
In the United States, bananas are the most widely-consumed fruit, followed closely by apples. As of 2010, each American consumed approximately 10 pounds of bananas each year, and around 9.5 pounds of apples. This number remains similar to fruit consumption trends in 1970, when Americans ate slightly higher amounts of apples annually than bananas.Full Answer >