The grapefruit, this acid or bitter fruit that we appreciate to see at our table. The grapefruit grows on a large fruit tree the grapefruit and which is classified under the category of citrus. It is to know that everything is disproportionate in this tree, whether it is its height, but also the importance of these leaves, the size of these flowers and the power of their perfume as well as of its fruit. The grapefruit can reach up to 30 cm in diameter and weigh several kilos, rounded, flattened, or even pear shaped. The peel of the grapefruit is particularly thick and soft. The color of the grapefruit is yellow and its flesh strewn with countless seeds, is either white, pink or slightly greenish.
The grapefruit, although having a certain resistance to the cold, favors warmer climates, especially to improve the taste qualities of its fruit and bring it to maturity. The grapefruit prefers well-drained soils. Grapefruits are harvested from November to March. The grapefruit originated over 4000 years ago in Southeast Asia, specifically in Malaysia and Indonesia, and in Japan, it is now cultivated in China, Thailand, Florida and around the Mediterranean. . It is good to specify that to obtain the grapefruit seed extract, we crush the seeds, pulp and white membranes of this fruit.
Grapefruit seed extract its composition
Grapefruit seed extract contains many active compounds that give it its considerable properties.
Grapefruit seed extract contains bioflavonoids (antioxidant), especially diosmin and hesperidin as well as hesperetin and naringin. EPP also contains limonoids with limonine (artisan of the bitter taste) as well as nomiline concentrated specifically in the seeds and grapefruit juice.
Grapefruit seed extract is made up of beta-carotene (the carotenoid responsible for its color) including lycophene. EPP has essentially soluble fibers like pectin, carbohydrates, fruit acids, coumarin and copper.
Of course, grapefruit seed extract combines different vitamins, the most important being vitamin C, but also vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (nicotinamide), vitamin B5 and finally vitamin A.
Grapefruit seed extract and its medicinal properties
The action of grapefruit seed extract is decisive in many areas, thanks to its cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant, astringent properties, assimilated as a natural antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-bactericide and diuretic.
EPP is ideally used either locally for external use, for various ailments and disorders targeting the mouth, nose, ears, face, hair and skin, feet and nails as well as the genitals .
But also more generally for internal use, grapefruit seed extract provides support and increases the body's resistance by strengthening the immune defenses against numerous external attacks (change of seasons, colds, rhinitis, flu, etc.) and interiors (infections, inflammation, etc.) and preventively, it would have been given help with certain cancers.
Grapefruit other uses
The culinary use of grapefruit is quite famous, especially as a sweet fruit that is eaten fresh, or mixed in a fruit salad, in sorbet. But did you know that it is used in cooking in different ways depending on the culture, for example in the East, it is generally candied, in Thailand, it is accompanied by a spicy sauce. Grapefruit can also be substituted in guacamole, lemon juice, the flavor is certainly different, but it's delicious.