Grapefruit uses


Edible uses of grapefruit

Grapefruits are grown primarily for consumption, mainly in the following ways:

  • Grapefruit as a raw fruit: They can be eaten directly, provided that they are sweeten with honey or sugar to neutralize its high degree of acidity.
  • grapefruit photoGrapefruit juice: More common is consuming their flesh squeezed juice, especially enhanced for the so famous “lemon diet” for diuretic, remineralizing and slimming purposes. (See more information on this diet ).
  • Grapefruit vinegar, syrups or jams: Besides being eaten as a fruit or for its juice, many edible products are made from this fruit, such as grapefruit vinegar, syrups or jams.
  • Grapefruit seeds vegetable oil: We can obtain vegetable oil from grapefruit seeds. This must be refined to become a high quality oil, very similar to olive oil and, highly recommended for human consumption.
  • Grapefruit seed extract: We should also mention the grapefruit seed extract, a product with bacterial, fungal and antiparasitic properties, widely used as a folk remedy.
  • Grapefruit as fodder for livestock: In animal nutrition, grapefruit waste is converted into molasses, which are used as an ingredient for fodder. Grapefruit skins, once purified, can feed livestock.

Industrial uses of grapefruit

  • Thickeners and preservatives: The food industry also takes profit of the soluble fiber-pectin, citric acid and vitamin C as thickeners and preservatives.
  • Grapefruit flavorings: From grapefruit skin many oils are obtained which are used as flavorings. From the inner skin and pulp naringin is extracted, a flavonoid with very bitter taste used for flavoring bitter tonic beverages, candy, ice cream, bakery, etc. Lately, it is being used to prevent vegetable oils to become rancid.

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This article was endorsed by Julián Masats - Technical agricultural engineer specialized in horticulture and gardening.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

20 October, 2022

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