Contrary to popular belief, the fruit we usually eat in France is not the grapefruit, but the pummelo. Real grapefruit is quite rare on our stalls. It is pear-shaped with a greenish colour and thick skin. It is much larger than the pummelo and contains 16 to 18 seed-filled segments. The grapefruit is less sweet, more bitter, more acidic and juicier than the pummelo.
Like all citrus fruits, the grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases. It also protects against winter illnesses, accelerates healing and strengthens bones and teeth. The grapefruit is also rich in vitamin A, which improves eyesight, and copper, which plays an essential role in the formation of haemoglobin and collagen.