February is National Grapefruit Month in the United States. The grapefruit was actually discovered fairly recently as far as fruit goes, in the 17th century. It is thought to be the product of crossbreeding between an orange and a pomelo.
More facts about grapefruit:
- The U.S. is one of the largest producers and exporters of grapefruits in the world; and the grapefruit is the state fruit of Texas.
- Grapefruits have been known by many names, including "the forbidden fruit," "shaddock" and "pamplemousse."
- Grapefruit and grapefruit juice are extremely healthy — they are very high in vitamin C as well as in lycopene, an antioxidant. Additionally, grapefruit is a good natural laxative, and it can also help lower your cholesterol.