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February 09, 2012
When Jimmy Cagney smashed a grapefruit in Mae Clarke’s face in the 1931 "The Public Enemy," it didn’t help matters.
After all, it was only a grapefruit, and even this being National Grapefruit month where we're supposed to be nice to this 18th century hybrid, it probably won't stop that involuntary pucker.
So what is it about this fruit that originated in Barbados that causes such annoyance in some circles?
We can probably start with that invigorating taste.
It’s amazing that this ancestor of the sweet orange and Indonesian pomelo has a fan base at all.
And that it does.
It probably has something to do with developing that patented red color in the Texas Ruby-Red, (which was literally patented in 1929 in Texas) and this is the month where they're at the peak of sweetness.
So to speak.
If you weren't ready to begin the day, for instance, a few grapefruit segments, with or without sugar, while your coffee is brewing can wake you up.
It's just like taking a cold shower.
Grapefruits are also loaded with Vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber and potassium.
But don't think grapefruits are something you just avoid for breakfast.
You can also broil the halves with a little sugar, add a few segments in a salad, make a Texas Ruby Sweet Grapefruit Pie and enhance just about any cocktail with an unexpected touch.
I suspect this discussion might have some juice to it.