The grapefruit occupies a high place among the citrus fruits because of its flavor, 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 has spread to other popular 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 greater quantity 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 center. The cavity is then filled with sugar that’s also sprinkled over the cut surface. It’s left for one hour in a covered plate and then taken.
Grapefruit is an exceptional appetizer. It is an important health builder in addition to a tonic. In spite of its often sharp, sub-acid flavor, the fresh grapefruit has an alkaline reaction after 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.
The fruit is also beneficial in relieving constipation. The pulp, when wholly taken, provides healthy bulk to aid bowel action. It’s 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 flu, the juice of grapefruit is an outstanding remedy as it helps to decrease acidity in the system and its bitter properties originating from a substance known as’maringin’, tones up the system and the gastrointestinal tract.
The juice of grapefruit is also an excellent diet in all fevers. It quenches thirst and removes the burning sensation produced by the fever. It needs to be taken mixed with water.
Grapefruit comprises a natural’quinine’ and hence is valuable in the treatment of malaria. This’quinine’ is also beneficial in feverish colds. It may be extracted from the fruits by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and then straining the pulp.
This terrific fruit could also be used as natural remedies to treat diabetes, fatigue, scanty urination and many others.