Thursday, 18 December 2014

Florida grapefruit season is back!


My love of citrus is well recorded on the blog, often it has been lemon mentioned and now its the time to mention another love, grapefruit.

At this dull and dreary time, its a little ray of sunshine and when I was asked it I wanted to try some of the new seasons fruit, I could not say no.

I grew up eating grapefruit for breakfast, sometimes the fresh, sometimes canned, but pink grapefruit was rare. Granny always had grapefruit on a Sunday, it would be halved the night before and saturated in sugar. It did need this it was very tart if not.


These lovely grapefruits I have been sent are sweet, so so juicy and I have been enjoying the feeling of a little sunshine. I also have given some to Granny for Breakfast and she loved them.

Oh and they are fab if you are on slimming World a real speed loss food. 

Florida Grapefruit sent me a few grapefruit treats and some interesting facts, plus a lovely recipe below.



With winter fast approaching, many might assume that the change in season also means the end of fresh fruits and vegetables until summer. This simply isn’t the case. This time of the year fresh, ripe and vitamin-rich Florida grapefruit begin to hit the supermarket shelves once again, marking the start of the Florida grapefruit season!
Florida grapefruit harvest begins in October, stretching all the way into April.  Florida grapefruit is available in market from November through May, with peak season sweetness and juiciness starting in January.  Even in the coldest weather, world-famous Florida grapefruit provides an invigorating taste with every bite. Grapefruit is also a healthy and versatile ingredient that can help contribute to a nutritious diet while adding a touch of sweetness to your meal.

“Winter is on its way which means that Florida Grapefruit is ripening to its sweetest and juiciest,” says Michael Schadler, Director of International Marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus. “With Florida grapefruit, there’s more than meets the eye. Many regions around the world produce grapefruit during the winter and spring months, but Florida’s unique sub-tropical climate creates the world’s most delicious grapefruit.  There’s nothing else like it.”  


“Even when it is cold and bleak outside, your meals don’t have to be,” says Gail Rampersaud, registered dietitian. “Preparing meals with fresh Florida grapefruit not only adds flavour, but also nutrients that can help energize you during the dreary months. Florida grapefruit is a healthy way to tantalize your taste buds and provide a natural boost in energy with essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fibre.”

Rampersaud recommends the following tips to eat healthy during the winter months:
  • Every bit counts, so look for ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your meals throughout the day. This can be as easy as adding fresh fruit to a breakfast smoothie or a lunchtime salad.
  • Whenever fruits are on the menu, consider serving yourself an extra half or full helping to boost your intake. If needed, account for any calorie differences and reduce the amount of other foods you eat accordingly.
  • Select fruit high in vitamin C. Half of a Florida grapefruit contains at least 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, an important nutrient that can help support a healthy immune system.
  • Opting for fruit with high water content, like Florida grapefruit, may help keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
  • One-half of a medium sized Florida grapefruit is fat-free and contains just 60 calories. The juice from grapefruit has fewer calories than many commonly-consumed fruit juices at around 100 calories per 8-ounce glass, making it a great addition to any weight-management regimen.

About the Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs nearly 76,000 people, provides an annual economic impact close to $9 billion to the state and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit http://floridajuice.com/.




FLORIDA GRAPEFRUIT AND WALNUT MUFFINS

Muffins just bursting with juicy pieces of Florida grapefruits and walnuts. Simple to make, delicious to eat!

Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 15-18 mins
Makes 12

150g/5oz plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
75g/3oz wholemeal flour
100g/4oz golden granulated sugar
75g/3oz butter, melted
1 large egg
200ml/7floz buttermilk
1 pink Florida grapefruit, segmented and roughly chopped
75g/3oz walnuts, roughly chopped
50g/2oz icing sugar

1. Place 12 muffin paper cases in a muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 200 C, 400 F, Gas 6. Sift the plain flour, baking powder and salt together into a bowl. Stir in the wholemeal flour and granulated sugar..

2. Mix together the butter, egg and buttermilk and pour over the dry ingredients. Reserve 2 tsp of the juice from the grapefruit pieces in small bowl. Add the grapefruit pieces to the flour mixture with the walnuts. Stir only enough to dampen the flour, the mixture should be lumpy.

3. Spoon the mixture evenly between each muffin case and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden. Remove the muffins to a cooling rack and leave to cool.

4. Blend the reserved grapefruit juice with the icing sugar to make icing. Drizzle over the muffins to decorate.


7 comments:

  1. I love Grapefruit Juice for my breakfast, it leaves a clean taste

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  2. Pink grapefruit are the best! From Florida especially.

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  3. the muffins look great, I havnt had grapefruit in years

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  4. Muffins look amazing!

    AShleigh

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  5. Pam Francis Gregory30 December 2014 at 20:43

    I love grapefruit - They arso tastye

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  6. The muffins sound wonderful. I love trying out new muffin recipes. Thank you x

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  7. ooooh love grapefruit for breakfast

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