Star Ruby Grapefruit
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Prized for its deep, red color and exceptional flavor, the nearly smooth skin of the Star Ruby grapefruit has a characteristic dark pink pretty blush. Containing one to six seeds, inside is an intense, rich red flesh that delivers a sweet-tart flavor. The redder the flesh, the sweeter the taste. Measuring about 3 1/4 to 4inches in diameter, this exceptional grapefruit is smaller than the Ray Ruby and Rio Red varieties.
The peak season for Star Ruby Grapefruit is December to May.
Today's grapefruit growers are continually improving the sweetness and flavor of this fruit, and have worked to decrease the number of seeds. Just about half of the world grapefruit crop is made into juice.
Grapefruit provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, plus has no fat and no cholesterol. One-half grapefruit contains about 60 calories.
Star ruby grapefruit are the standard pink grapefruit in taste, flavor and appearance. Most often eaten fresh in breakfast preparations, grapefruit may also be used in savory salads, baked dishes, or juiced into cocktails, vinaigrette or frozen desserts. The flesh and juice may also be cooked down into sauces, syrups and jams. Pair Star ruby grapefruit with citrus, tropical fruit, avocados, yogurt, root vegetables, fish, and fresh herbs.
The grapefruit is believed to have been first discovered in Barbados during the 1750's as a mutation of the pummelo. Evidence has confirmed that grapefruit is a hybrid of a pummelo and the sweet orange. The first reported planting of a grapefruit grove in Texas was in 1893.
Locally grown in California at Bernard Ranches, Specialty Produce strongly supports and enthusiastically endorses our local ranchers, farmers, growers and the California farming industry. The Ruby Red grapefruit was the first grapefruit to be granted a United States patent. In 1970, the now very popular Star Ruby variety was released followed by the Rio Red variety in 1984. Today San Diego County in California is a major producer.