The fruit of the grapefruit has become popular since the late 19th century. At this time it was grown as an ornamental plant and its flesh was named the “forbidden fruit”. The United States is a major producer of the grapefruit. Orchards can be found in Florida, California, Arizona and Texas.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit known for its segmented and acidic flesh. There are a few variations in the flesh or pulp coloring. Grapefruits can have red, white or pink centers. Some of these fruits also vary in taste from acid and bitter to very sweet.
Eating grapefruit and grapefruit juice is a proven way to reduce cholesterol levels. Just by introducing grapefruits into your diet daily can reduce your LDL level by 20% without changing anything else in your current diet. The red pulp grapefruit is known to be twice as effective in lowering triglycerides too.
Winona residents are purchasing more grapefruits lately because of the healthy benefits they offer.
Grapefruits are high in Vitamin C. Which we all know helps protect our blood vessels from damage. One draw-back to eating this fruit is to those who take statin (blood pressure) drugs. Here is where this fruit should be avoided as this fruit will increase toxicity in the body’s muscles. On the other hand those who suffer from kidney stones will be glad to know that drinking grapefruit juice drastically reduces the chances of more stones developing.
• 1 cup of all purpose flour
• 1/3 cup of white whole wheat flour
• 1 cup of old fashioned oats
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 cup of sugar
• 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
• 3 Ruby red grapefruits (2 segmented and 1 squeezed)
• 1/2 cup of butter
• 2 eggs, beaten
• Water (see directions)
• 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
• 3 Ruby red grapefruit segments
• 2 teaspoons of grapefruit juice
• 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit zest
• 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
• 1¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 Ruby red grapefruits, segmented
• Sprigs of mint
1. Take one grapefruit and cut it in half and squeeze. Reserve the juice for later.
2. Peel and section the other two grapefruits. Place the grapefruit sections in a colander over a bowl to allow any excess liquid to drip. Set this aside too.
3. Pour the excess grapefruit juice from the colander and the juice squeezed from the one grapefruit into a measuring cup. If the juice equals 1 ¼ cups you are ready to proceed. If the amount collected is less than 1 ¼ cups add water to the measuring cup.
4. (Remember to reserve 2 teaspoons of grapefruit juice for the frosting.)
5. Transfer the juice into a medium sized saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil and cook at a slow boil for 2 minutes.
6. Remove pan from heat and mix in the butter and old fashioned oats. Set covered saucepan aside for 15-20 minutes.
7. While waiting for the buttered oats and juice mixture to steep into each other prepare the muffin pans. Either lightly grease the cups or insert muffin liners.
8. Preheat oven to 350’.
9. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon together.
10. Stir with a fork to mix dry ingredients up slightly.
11. Add the eggs and the grapefruit sections.
12. Mix well with electric mixer.
13. Muffin batter is now ready to pour into muffin cups or liners.
14. Fill each cup ¾ the way full.
15. Bake for about 18 minutes or until the tops just get a golden coloring.
16. Remove muffin pan from oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
17. After 10 minutes transfer muffins onto a wire rack to cool completely.
18. Once cooled you are ready to apply the frosting and garnish the muffins.
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the cream cheese, zest, juice and sugar.
2. Using an electric mixer, blend the ingredients together on a low setting.
3. Once the frosting becomes smooth and slightly fluffy turn off the mixer.
4. Take 3 grapefruit segments aside and give them a fine chop.
5. Sprinkle the chopped pieces of grapefruit over the top of the frosting in the mixing bowl.
6. With a spatula gently fold the grapefruit and frosting together.
7. Now it is time to frost the grapefruit muffins.
1. Once the muffins are frosted allow them to sit for 20 minutes.
2. Now place two grapefruit segments on the top of each frosted muffin.
3. Snip a small sprig of mint and add it to the top next to the fruit segments.
4. Your grapefruit muffins are now ready to serve.
• Do not add the grapefruit segments to the frosting until you are ready to serve. If the muffins are being made ahead of time keep the grapefruit segments in a separate container so they are ready to decorate at a moments notice.
• Refrigerate muffins in an air tight container.
• Muffins can be frozen in air tight container for 3 months.
• For the frosting add 2 drops of food coloring to give it a slight color. Change the color to match the holiday or party theme.
• Use a mini muffins pan for pop in your mouth grapefruit bites. These go over well when a large crowd is gathering.
• Foil or paper muffin liners both are great when making muffins. Use colored or patterned ones for special occasions.
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