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6 Pomelo health benefits – Learn more about its properties

The pomelo is a fruit of Asian origin, shaped similar to an orange, which can easily be confused with grapefruit or grapefruit , but considerably larger, weighing up to 2 kilos. It is between 15 and 20 centimeters in diameter and is the largest citrus fruit in existence.

In terms of flavor, grapefruit is less sweet than orange and has a certain bitterness, as well as being sour, but not as much as lemon. The rind can have a greenish yellow color or even reddish, and the hue of the pulp also varies, being yellow, reddish or even purplish.

Do you want to know all the details of production and consumption of this fruit? So read on!

HOW TO GROW GRAPEFRUIT

The grapefruit fits more comfortably in the tropical climate. Although the tree can be planted in colder environments, it is not advisable to plant it in places where the temperature is below 3°C, as the grapefruit tree cannot withstand frost and snow, for example.

If you have decided to plant grapefruit, the first step is to select the location. Be aware that the grapefruit tree needs to receive sunlight most of the year, so choose a bright space. Also take into account the intensity of the winds, as strong ones may not be good for production.

As far as the soil is concerned, grapefruit develops best in those that are sandy and with a neutral pH. It is a plant that requires a lot of irrigation, so during periods when the weather is dry, be sure to water it often. In fact, the issue of humidity is so important that the best time to start planting is during a rainy season.

Cultivation can be started using seeds or seedlings and production takes place once a year. However, you will need a lot of patience, as grapefruit takes six to eight years to start producing. Each seed costs around R$3.60, while a seedling can be purchased from R$29.00.

The country’s largest production is in the State of São Paulo, but cultivation also takes place in the São Francisco Valley and the Rio Moxotó Valley.

The process and requirements are practically the same as for an orange tree plantation. In fact, this is an excellent investment opportunity, as the production cost is low and the selling price is very good. You can also consider that you will be investing in a niche that has not yet been explored, since domestic production, for the time being, is low.

However, if you have plans to do a commercial planting, it is essential to seek the advice of an agronomist or agricultural technician, as well as make a good market assessment beforehand.

WHERE TO BUY

It is curious to think how the pomelo, a fruit very similar to oranges, was introduced so late in Brazil. In fact, this only happened in 2011, through an initiative by Embrapa. For now, it seems that all the popularity is really with the orange, although it is very similar to the grapefruit.

You will notice, when searching the internet, that there is not much information about grapefruit on national pages, and sites that allow the purchase of the fruit are very rare. In the rest of Latin America, however, grapefruit is much more popular and access to seeds, seedlings and fruit is much easier.

If you find grapefruit in supermarkets and fairs, you will see that the price is very inviting, which once again must happen due to the proximity to the orange planting facility.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Grapefruit offers a number of health benefits, due to some properties it has.

1. It helps the immune system – Like oranges, grapefruit can do wonders for your immune system, as it is a source of ascorbic acid, the popular vitamin C. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps fight the action of free radicals, keeping your corporative healthier systems. Thus, by consuming grapefruit, you will be preventing cough, fever, flu, colds and colds.

2. Helps to delay aging – In addition, vitamin C has properties that delay aging, reducing the action of free radicals, which cause the well-known signs of age, such as spots, wrinkles and sagging.

3. It has a lot of fiber – Another great advantage of grapefruit is the amount of fiber the fruit has. As it is the largest citrus fruit that exists, only the edible part of grapefruit offers 25% of the daily amount of fiber or body needs. Ingesting adequate amounts of fiber means having good digestion and excellent bowel function.

4. Helps in burning fat – Are you always looking for foods that can integrate your diet, making it healthier and more tasty? So don’t miss the chance to add grapefruit to your meals, as the fruit helps in fat burning. This is because of the presence of an enzyme called carnitine palmitoyltransferase, which is not widely found in other foods. As you know, burning fat is critical for weight loss.

5. Rich in Potassium – There’s even more. Grapefruit is not only rich in vitamin C and fiber, but also in potassium. Potassium is essential for the health of your bones, as it helps with the absorption of other vital minerals and acts to prevent osteoporosis. If the reason for your discomfort is muscle pain, grapefruit is also for you, as it helps to avoid pain, cramps and other muscle problems.

6.Helps to fight prostate cancer – Finally, because it is rich in lycopene, the reddish grapefruit is important in fighting skin diseases and prostate cancer.

However, pay close attention! While potassium, calcium and vitamin C are excellent for some people, for others it can be a real poison. Especially for those who have kidney problems and arterial hypotension.

WHAT TO DO WITH GRAPEFRUIT?

Grapefruit has a big problem: it’s sour. So, if you don’t want the recipe to taste like that, you should do the same thing you do with the lemon, that is, remove all the whitish part, which is not very easy.

One of the most interesting information is that there is grapefruit soda, which can be found without difficulty in our neighbors Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

As the soda did not reach us, you can make a grapefruit juice recipe. Try taking it alone or mixed with other fruits.

Despite the slightly bitter taste, grapefruit can be used to make sweets and cakes, much like the process of making sweets and cakes from pineapple and green papaya.

Another very interesting information about grapefruit is that it is a raw material for the extraction of an essential oil used in the perfume industry. This happens in particular due to the very pleasant aroma of the fruit and leaves. Surely you, without knowing it, have already used cosmetics that contain grapefruit in their composition.

So, what did you think of grapefruit? Do you want to try this fruit that is so common in neighboring countries? Don’t miss the chance to taste all the benefits of this giant orange, and be careful with contraindications.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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