The redder, the better

Grapefruit is rich in flavor and nutrients
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:29 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

Squeeze the last drops out of grapefruit season, which runs from January through April. This food is one of the healthiest that nature has to offer, and it can be prepared and enjoyed in unexpected ways.

Grapefruit is a wonderful source of lycopene, an antioxidant that is said to fight oxygen-free radicals that can damage cells as well as fight the growth of tumors.

“The redder it is, the more nutrients it has,” said Jill Williams, a registered dietician of Boone Hospital Center Wellaware. Grapefruit is also rich in vitamin C. Vitamin A is found in lesser amounts in the fruit.

Always a good choice for your nutritional needs, grapefruit is showing up in recipes everywhere.

The recipes here can be made with any type of grapefruit, but to get the most nutritional benefits, make yours with the reddest fruit you can find, like a Ruby Red grapefruit.

Grapefruit recipes

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