Harvest of the Month:
Grapefruit
January
Did you know??
Grapefruit is a hybrid
fruit. It is believed to be a
cross between oranges and
pumeloes.
Grapefruit is an excellent
source of vitamin C.
Additionally, it provides
potassium, folate,
thiamine, and Vitamin A.
Grapefruit was named
after the way the fruit
grows on trees– in clusters
similar to the way grapes
grow on a vine.
Grapefruit are harvested
when they are fully ripe.
Depending on the
temperature of the region,
it can take anywhere from
8-13 months for the
flowers to turn into fruit.
Grapefruit trees can grow
30-50 feet tall. Growers
will usually prune them
back to about 15-25 feet
for ease of harvest.
Types of grapefruit:
White/ Yellow This grapefr u it is
best used in juices and syrups. The juice
is colorless.
Pink These ar e know n to be slightly
sweeter than white grapefruit.
Red These are typically sm aller in
size than white and pink grapefruit.
This month for Farm to School, we sampled
the local apples students dehydrated back in
October and we tried a bonus sample of
grapefruit. There were a lot of differences to
explore, from flavor and textures, to miles
traveled. We also discussed many of the steps
that go into our food before it makes it to the
shelves of the grocery store, including the role
of pollinators, harvesters, and delivery drivers.
Thank you to
Viroqua Food
Co+op for the
donation of
grapefruit for our
taste testings this
month!
Purchasing Pointers:
Avoid grapefruit that
have soft brown spots.
Try to select grapefruit
that has a glossy skin to
it and feels heavy.
Care and Storage:
Always wash your
hands for 20 seconds
with warm water and
soap before and after
preparing produce.
Store for one week at
room temperate or
over two weeks in
the refrigerator.
Healthy Serving Ideas
Toss into a salad
Slice up your grapefruit and
mix in a banana and yogurt
Add to your smoothie
Try 100 % grapefruit juice
frozen and eat it like a
popsicle