The Lobster mushroom is actually a parasitic hybrid of the fluorescent red-orange fungal parasite, Hypomyces lactifluorum, and the brittle white mushroom, Russula brevipes.
The largest of all tree-borne fruits, jack fruit is oval-shaped and knobbly-skinned. This fruit can weigh up to eighty or ninety pounds.
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White grapefruit grow on dark-green leafy trees that reach an average of 6 meters in height. The large, yellow globes stand out against the dark foliage. White grapefruit have a bright yellow rind when ripe, are almost perfectly round and are roughly 8 to 13 centimeters in diameter. The rind is medium-thick and covered in small pores called lenticels. The flesh is a pale yellow, off-set by the bright white of the pith. White grapefruit is very juicy, up to 75% juice. The flavor of White grapefruit is sweet with contrasting sour notes.
White grapefruit is available year-round with a peak season in the late fall through the spring.
White grapefruit is an heirloom of sorts, and is the parent of both pink and red varieties. Botanically known as Citrus paradisi, White grapefruits are a natural cross between a pummelo and a sweet orange that took place in the West Indies sometime before the turn of the 19th century. There are two primary cultivars of the White grapefruit. The first, Duncan, is a seedy variety and was likely the original grapefruit variety introduced to Florida in the early 1800s. The second, Marsh, was the first seedless grapefruit and is accounts for 40% of commercial grapefruit production in Florida. White grapefruits are nearly as popular as the pink or red varieties and are typically harder to find.
White grapefruit contains high levels of vitamin C and potassium, like other citrus varieties. It also has minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper. Grapefruit is also a good source of folate and dietary fiber. The grapefruit variety also contains flavonoids, which work as antioxidants in the body and also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. In addition to the anti-inflammatory properties, White grapefruit is a source of salicylic acid which can break down accumulated calcium deposits around joints, making it an ideal addition to the diet of someone with arthritis.
White grapefruits are almost always used for juicing, though they are sometimes eaten fresh from the rind or segmented and added to salads. The juice can be used to flavor cocktails or blended with other juices. Make White grapefruit sorbet or a granita. A White grapefruit’s zest is very aromatic. Use the rind to make marmalade or for making candied grapefruit zest. Use White grapefruit for making an infused vinegar. White grapefruit will store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to a month.
White grapefruit juice is most often associated with the canned grapefruit juice common behind bars and on airplanes. It is the preferred variety for Though it fell out of favor among Americans with the introduction of the pink and ruby red grapefruit varieties, there has historically been a sizable market for White grapefruit in Japan. The United States imports almost 52,000 metric tons of fresh grapefruits to Japan each year.
White grapefruits have their origin in the islands of the West Indies. Barbados is thought to be the island where a natural hybrid of two other citrus varieties resulted in the first White grapefruit. It was first recorded by a Welsh explorer in the late 18th century. White grapefruits were introduced to Florida from Jamaica in 1823. Over the next few decades, the new citrus trees were planted in Texas and California. Initially, the reception wasn’t as positive as it had been for the orange, which had been introduced to America in the 16th century. When the first crops of White grapefruit were planted in Texas, the rootstock planted there were the source of a natural mutation in the form of a pink grapefruit variety. Once the pink variety was introduced, the yellow, or white variety was easily forgotten and relegated to the canning plants for juicing. Today, White grapefruit are available to a more limited degree, especially with the surge in popularity of heirloom pummelo and oro blanco citrus varieties. White grapefruit may be found at specialty stores and through smaller growers at local farmer’s markets.