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grapefruit

Q:  I would like to grow a pink or red grapefruit here in Northeast Florida.  What would you suggest?

A:  Try Ruby Red or Pink Marsh. Pink Marsh is nearly seedless and can be harvested from December through May. Ruby Red is readily available at local garden centers and plant nurseries. Ruby Red is also nearly seedless producing fruit from November through May. Both cultivars are delicious eaten or used for their abundant juice. Be careful about combining grapefruit juice with certain medications. Check with your doctor or pharmacist just to be sure you will not cause a reaction if you drink grapefruit juice with your prescribed medication. Half of a medium pink grapefruit can provide 100% of your daily vitamin C requirements and still only be 60 calories. It also contains other important vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin and magnesium. Grapefruit also contains lycopene which is thought to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Of equal importance is what grapefruit does not contain – no fats or sodium.  So go ahead, eat a grapefruit without any guilt.