Forbidden fruit is not always sweet, or the mysteries of the grapefruit

Forbidden fruit is not always sweet, or the mysteries of the grapefruit
 Grapefruit - Citrus fruit, the origin of which remains a mystery to this day. The wild ancestor of the grapefruit garden and has not been discovered by scientists. What is this mysterious and extremely useful fruit with original bitter taste?

Suggest that the grapefruit is a hybrid of sweet orange and shaddock (otherwise called Pamela or sheddok) and he appeared in Central America by accident due to spontaneous grafting of these plants. There is another opinion - grapefruit seed came from shaddock, which had previously been crossed with a sweet orange. In this play grapefruit artificial means no one has. So you can call this unusual fruit "mysterious stranger".

Grapefruit trees were first discovered in 1750 on the island of Barbados. Half a century later, these citrus fruits were found naturalists and Jamaica. Bitter fruits instantly gained worldwide fame and, after only 10 years after the discovery, won the market of fruit in Europe in second place. The first was awarded to the next of kin of grapefruit - orange.

In English the name of the citrus means "fruit of the vine." This name he received no coincidence, therefore, that the fruits of grapefruit trees grow mainly in clusters of 3 to 12 pieces each. Appearance of these clusters is actually similar to the grape. Grapefruit fruits rather large, reaching 500g. From above they are covered with a dense skin from pale yellow to bright orange. All fruits have a specific bitter taste, regardless of color and varieties of grapefruit.

Original tart and fresh scent of grapefruit have to keep in its peel essential oils. According to experts, this aromatic component sharpens the memory and attention, causes a rush of vitality, helps to cope with apathy and depression, thereby affecting the well-psycho-emotional state of a person.

Fresh grapefruit juice normalizes the liver, gall bladder and intestines, has a tonic effect on the entire body. In a glass of grapefruit juice contains about 120 g of ascorbic acid. This is enough to completely cover the daily requirement of vitamin C.

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