Top fruit of February: pink grapefruit

Top fruit of February: pink grapefruit

Il pink grapefruit it is slightly richer in sugar than the yellow one and, consequently, has a slightly less bitter taste.

It is a hybrid between Citrus maxima grapefruit and Citrus sinensis orange. Overall, its qualities are comparable to those of the grapefruit yellow, but it is more rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

Pink grapefruit, like yellow grapefruit, can contribute to weight loss, in the context of an adequate diet and proper physical activity; it is, in fact, a fruit very rich in fiber, has a high satiety index and boasts good draining qualities.

It also helps to keep cholesterol levels under control, even more than yellow grapefruit.

Please note: however: like all other grapefruit qualities, even the pink one is able to inhibit or, on the contrary, increase the action of some drugs.


Uses of pink grapefruit in cooking

Pink grapefruit is mainly used for obtaining freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and cocktails but it's a great ingredient for too salads, desserts, risottos and for the preparation of main courses based on meat, fish and shellfish.

a quick and healthy salad, peel the pink grapefruit, cut into wedges and season with salt, pepper and a little extra virgin olive oil; if you want to enrich the salad, add a few pieces of fennel and / or some walnut kernels.

Other ideas for bringing pink grapefruit to the table?


Risotto with pink grapefruit

Risotto with pink grapefruit is a light and fresh dish, excellent for both lunch and dinner.

Ingredients for 4 people:
> 350 grams of risotto rice
> a liter of vegetable broth
> the juice and peel of an organic pink grapefruit
> a small onion
> parsley
> black pepper
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> extra virgin olive oil

Preparation: prepare the vegetable broth, finely chop the onion and sauté it in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil; Lightly toast the rice, add the grapefruit juice and cook the risotto adding a little broth at a time.

When cooked, add the grated grapefruit peel, black pepper and parsley. If you want you can mix with a little butter and a couple of tablespoons of Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano.


Pink grapefruit donut

The pink grapefruit donut is a simple dessert suitable for the whole family's breakfast.

> 2 organic pink grapefruits
> 100 grams of brown sugar plus 2 tablespoons to keep aside
> 250 grams of flour 00
> 3 eggs
> a glass of high oleic sunflower oil
> a sachet of baking powder

Method: after having carefully washed the pink grapefruits, grate the peel and squeeze the juice. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and the egg whites aside.

Add the oil, grapefruit peel, flour, grapefruit juice and finally the beaten egg whites to the mixture, stirring gently from top to bottom with a wooden scoop.

Pour the mixture into a previously buttered and floured donut mold, sprinkle the surface of the cake with the sugar kept aside and bake in the oven at 180 ° for 25/30 minutes. 


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