Florida Marsh Ruby Grapefruit

Available: December through February
Price: $23.00 ($24.00 in IL & IA)
2/5 bushel box, approx. 18-19 lb.
Count: 12, 15, 18, 20

The finest grapefruit in the world come from the Indian River area of Florida. The climate and fertile soil is uniquely suited to growing grapefruit with the distinctive delicate, complex flavors found only in Florida. Ours are so sweet that many have as much sugar content as an orange.

The refreshing sweet & tart taste of this seedless all-season citrus is matched only by the vitamins tucked away under its rosy skin. As healthy as it is delicious - a wonder for the waistline. Start your day healthy with half a grapefruit for breakfast each morning.

Grapefruit Nutrition Facts

Refreshening and delicious grapefruit are rich in phytonutrients such as vitamin A, beta carotene, lycopene. This unique fruit from paradise is quite popular among health conscious, fitness seekers since it contains many quality nutrients and plant chemicals that have the ability to contribute to optimum health and wellness.

  • Grapefruit are very low in calories but rich in dietary insoluble fiber, pectin, which by acting as bulk laxative helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  • Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon.
  • It contains very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1150 IU per 100g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as naringenin, beta carotene, xanthin and lutein. Studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision.
  • Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C; provides about 52% of DRI. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals; also is required for the maintenance of normal connective tissue as well for wound healing. It also facilitates dietary iron absorption from the intestine.
  • Fresh fruit is very rich in potassium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Red varieties of grapefruits are especially rich in the most powerful flavonoid antioxidant, lycopene. Studies have shown that lycopene protects skin damage from UV rays and offers protection against prostate cancer.
  • It is also a good source of folate, iron, calcium, and other minerals.

Grapefruit Interaction with Medicine

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice are healthful, providing enough vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and other nutrients to earn the American Heart Association's "heart-check" mark. That's the good news. The bad news is that grapefruit juice can interact with dozens of medications, sometimes dangerously.

Grapefruit's culprit chemical does not interact directly with your pills. Instead, it binds to an enzyme in your intestinal tract known as CYP3A4, which reduces the absorption of certain medications. When grapefruit juice blocks the enzyme, it's easier for the medication to pass from your gut to your bloodstream. Blood levels will rise faster and higher than normal, and in some cases the abnormally high levels can be dangerous.

For peace of mind, ask your doctor if grapefruit interacts with any of your medications. If it does and that disappoints you, he or she may be able to recommend a comparable, non-interacting drug alternative that will effectively treat your health condition AND allow you to enjoy the great taste and nutritional benefits of Florida grapefruit.

Some commonly used drugs interacting adversely and should be avoided with grapefruit are:
  • amiodarone  (Cordarone)
  • astemizole (Hismanal)
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • budesonide (Entocort)
  • buspirone (BuSpar)
  • cisapride (Propulsid, Prepulsid)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • ovastatin (Mevacor)
  • mifepristone (Mifeprex)
  • sildenafil (Viagra)
  • simvastatin (Zocor)
  • terfenadine (Seldane)
  • felodipine (Plendil)
  • nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)

(Source: The Harvard Medical School family health guide: Grapefruit and Medication)

The University of Florida's College of Pharmacy has a great database showing research on drug interactions with grapefruit.

(Medical disclaimer: The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.)