Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, lycopene and fibre, grapefruits are commonly enjoyed at breakfast to kick-start digestion.

Grapefruit facts

  • Store at room temperature for 7 days, or refrigerate to extend shelf life
  • Grapefruits contain only 42 calories per 100g
  • Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, lycopene and fibre
  • This citrus fruit has a slightly sour yet appealing taste
  • Available all year round but at their best from November to April

Varietal information

Juicy with a distinctive sweet and sour taste, grapefruits have a round slightly flat bottom and thin skin.

Commonly available varieties include:

Marsh grapefruit

Also called white grapefruit, the Marsh skin is light yellow and the flesh is almost white, usually seedless, tender and very juicy.  The taste is not bitter.

Red grapefruit

The red grapefruit has a sweeter flavour than the white grapefruit due to greater balance between sugar level and acidity. Its skin will show a pale pink blush and the juicy flesh goes from red to red-blushed colours. The red colour comes from lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant.