I hope that, like me, you are going to take advantage of the new crop of Texas Ruby Red grapefruit that have started. I've been buying mine at Costco, and the quality has been excellent. There is no doubt in my mind that Texas Ruby Red grapefruit is the best grapefruit in the world, and I have eaten grapefruit from California, Arizona, Florida, and several foreign countries including Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Australia. None of them compare to Texas Ruby Reds.


Actually, there are two varities of Texs red grapefruit: Ruby Reds and Star Rubys. The latter are actually redder than the former. They're about as red as red can be- and oh so juicy and sweet. Both were developed at and by Texas A&M University for production in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Why this grapefruit grows so much better there than anywhere else, I just don't know, but it does. And the red color is due to lycopene. So, it provides the same carotenoid as tomatoes and watermelon. Bear in minds that not all red foods contain lycopene. For instance, neither beets nor strawberries contain lycopene; it's some other red pigment in those foods. And lycopene is a very good thing to get. It's very protective to the lungs, and it has a specific effect to deter prostate cancer. That's why they put it in prostate protection formulas, including ours.


The interesting thing is that grapefruit, itself, is a mutant fruit, an accident of Nature. It's believed to be an accidental cross between an orange and a pomelo, which is the largest citrus fruit. And it reportedly happened in the Bahamas in the 1800s. They noticed that, unlike other citrus fruits, grapefruits grew in clusters- like a bunch of grapes. And that's why they named it grapefruit. The citrus family originated in Southeast Asia.    


It's a popular notion that grapefruit is slenderizing, and I think there is some truth to it. Nobody ever got fat eating grapefruit- that is for sure. And it's interesting that grapefruit has the tendency to interfere with the metabolism of certain drugs, either to slow down their breakdown or to speed it up. More often to slow it down, so the idea is that grapefruit increases the concentration of drugs, with possible dangerous effects. For instance, it applies to statin drugs. But from my outlook, and keep in mind that I am only speaking generally and not offering specific advice to anyone, I am inclined to think that most people would be better off keeping the grapefruit and ditching the drugs, rather than vice-versa.


We need to celebrate the simple joys of life, and for me, at this time of year, it means enjoying Texas red grapefruit. So, keep it in mind when you shop, and as far as I'm concerned: the redder the better.