Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter Grapefruit and Citrus Salad




I just love citrus season! Don't you? Living here on the East Coast I can not wait every year for Florida Citrus especially Florida Grapefruit. As a child my grandmother would have a grapefruit sprinkled with just a small amount of sugar every morning for breakfast and through out the day she would drink grapefruit juice over ice. When she would travel to Florida every winter I could not wait for her to bring back Florida Grapefruits. Most kids would wan't souvenirs I wanted a grapefruit. Ever since being turned onto them as a child they are one of my very favorite fruits. 


Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate are what make Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world, but they can also take a toll on the outer appearance of the fruit – don’t judge a book by it’s cover! 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. Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate provides ideal growing conditions for grapefruit to thrive, making Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world. The sun, humidity and rains during Florida’s growing season are a blessing when it comes to producing flavor and juiciness, but as a result, Florida grapefruit’s exterior appearance doesn't always look as flawless as grapefruit grown in other areas - though it certainly tastes better.




Just a few things that Florida Grapefruit are good for include your smile, skin, energy level, waistline, immune system, and prevention. Both one-half of a medium Florida grapefruit and 8-ounces of grapefruit juice deliver vitamin C and phytochemicals. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, may help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals may contribute to cell and tissue damage that could lead to the development of diseases.  A stunning smile starts with healthy gums. Vitamin C, which is found in grapefruit, helps keep teeth healthy by supporting collagen production as a foundation for healthy gum tissue.Your overall diet and health regimen may contribute to smooth, supple skin. The vitamin C found in Florida grapefruit and 100 percent grapefruit juice supports collagen production to help keep skin looking youthful, glowing and picture-perfect ready for whatever the day throws your way. Collagen breakdown in the skin may contribute to the appearance of wrinkles. Florida grapefruit helps provide your body with a natural boost in energy while providing essential nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin A in pink grapefruit. These nutrients coupled with its invigorating taste make grapefruit an ideal snack post-workout and any time.


There are quite a few ways to prepare and eat your delicious Florida Grapefruit. One I mentioned above is simply to slice it in half and sprinkle with sugar and spoon out the sections. You can eat it dried, in salsas, smoothies and even in salads like this delicious winter salad. Sure to brighten your day, Florida grapefruit is the star of the show. Juicy grapefruit and orange segments, paper-thin slices of fennel, and red onion make this a beautiful winter salad. 


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For the salad
1 fennel bulb, cored and trimmed with green fronds reserved

1 Florida grapefruit

2 cara cara oranges

1 small red onion

For the dressing
zest of 1 orange

sea salt

black pepper

Directions
Shave the fennel bulb into thin 1/16-inch thick slices, reserving 2 tablespoons chopped green fronds. Set shaved fennel in a mixing bowl and toss with 2 – 3 tablespoons dressing, sea salt, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Set aside.
Cut the top and bottoms off of the citrus and slice peels off cutting in a downward motion. Cut citrus crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
In a large serving bowl, arrange shaved fennel and citrus slices. Drizzle on more dressing. and finish with a pinch each sea salt and pepper, and then scatter reserved fennel fronds.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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