Rio Red, Ruby Red and other red grapefruit varieties are all from the same seed mutation, but have differences based on where they are grown (photo © TexaSweet).
Still thinking about what to serve on Valentine’s Day? Much of what you decide to make can be accented with red grapefruit segments.
Red grapefruit is a mutation of a pink grapefruit discovered in the 1920s. (Pink grapefruit itself is a mutation that appeared at the beginning of the 20th century.)
As pink grapefruit is typically sweeter than white grapefruit, red grapefruit is even sweeter. Red grapefruit can be found under the brand names Rio Red, Rio Star, Ruby Red and Ruby Sweet.
The rich red color of red grapefruit is due to lycopene, a powerful carotenoid phytonutrient (antioxidant) that appears to fight tumor growth. Lycopene exists to a lesser extent in pink grapefruit.
Take a look at two entire dinner’s worth of red grapefruit recipes.
RECIPE: RED GRAPEFRUIT & AVOCADO SALAD
Ingredients For 4 Servings
1. BRUSH 2 teaspoons of lemon juice over flesh of avocados; set aside.
2. ADD The remaining lemon juice, salt and tarragon to the reserved grapefruit juice; season with pepper.
3. WHISK in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Add the grapefruit sections and toss gently.
4. ASSEMBLE: Place each avocado half on a plate. Top with grapefruit mixture, dividing evenly. Serve immediately.
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