Citrus x paradisi
The Grapefruit is a citrus fruit of recent origin with uncertain lineage. Its fruit is a composite of sour, bitter, and sweet flavors, with a shape resembling a hybrid between an orange and a pomelo. Dried grapefruit peel provides distinct citrus notes in various applications including culinary and personal care products. Its origins can be traced back to the West Indies in the 1690s, brought by Captain Shaddock from Polynesia. Grapefruit is rich in nutrients including vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, and calcium. However, grapefruit can interact with certain medications, including statins, blood pressure medications, and immunosuppressants, among others. Therefore, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before including grapefruit in your diet, particularly if you are taking any medications.
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