Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grapefruit Yogurt Popsicles and a Few Facts about the Grapefruit!

I was relaxing this evening reading through my new InStyle magazine and came across this delectable and gorgeous Popsicle. I mean, who couldn't like this? It's PINK! I got this recipe from the Go Florida Grapefruit site. This could be the perfect, healthy dessert for this coming summer. :)

Grapefruit Yogurt Popsicles:

2 cups plain, low-fat yogurt
2 cups Pink grapefruit sections
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
1 teaspoon lemon or orange extract
1 cup powdered sugar


Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze.

A few fun facts about the grapefruit:

- Grapfruits were discovered in Barbados in the 18th century. Botanists believe this fruit was the result of a natural cross breeding between an orange and the pummelo.

- The fruit was given the name "grapefruit because of how it grows - in hanging clusters like grapes!

- The grapefruit is a great source of Vitamin C.

- Grapefruit is available all year but best between January and May.

- Salt will make a grapefruit taste sweeter.

- A grapefruit is 75% juice.

- Grapefruit juice freshly squeezed and stored covered in the refrigerator will retain 98% of its vitamin C for up to a week.

- You can eat grapefruit just like an orange by peeling it and dividing it into segments. Each medium grapefruit has 10 to 12 sections.

- Pummelos, the largest of the citrus fruit varieties, are also called Chinese grapefruit. They are very popular during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations because of their resemblance to the full moon.

Hope you had fun learning a few grapefruit facts! I did! :)

Photo courtesy of Go Florida Grapefruit


Joanne Kennedy said...

Great facts but don't forget that eating grapefruits or drinking the juice with some medications can be harmful to you. I have no idea why though. Must be something in them that makes the medication not work or makes it stronger or something.

Joanne said...

Great post and a beautiful reminder that these popsicles don't just look good, they are delicious and a truly low-fat summer snack. I know I won't be eating just one!

April said...

My girls would love those...thanks for the recipe!

Tracey said...

Michelle, those look so yummy and I'[m ready for spring and summer!! Too much snow here for my liking. Thanks for the great facts about grapefruit too,, maybe I'll start eating better with the help of grapefruit!

Patti said...

Hi! That recipe actually looks good and kind of easy. So many in magazines just do not seem do-able...and it's so pretty too. Happy Thursday!

Anya said...

Nice post Michelle !!
It looks delicious, I get hungry from HEHE

I'm a fan of yogurt and grapefruit:))
Grapefruit you write the same as us in The Netherlands,exactly the same LOL
I now know a lot about grapefruit, thanks to you......
Sometimes they are a very bitter taste, which are red inside,which are softer in taste, I find that delicious :))))

Amy Jemima said...

Those look fantastic! I'm a Florida girl and had no idea that salt made grapefruit taste sweeter! Thanks for the grapefruit facts!

Kathleen said...

Those popsicles look like the most refreshing thing you could consume on a hot humid summer day. I am copying this recipe for sure. I like to peel, section the grapefruit and then dip the secions in a little equal. Low cal and delish! Hugs, Kathleen

The White Bench said...

WOW Michelle! Thank you! The recipe looks yummy, and the grapefruit facts are so interesting!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Michelle,
I love grapefruit. I'm going to have to try the popsicles. I've been trying to cut back and am on my way out the door to walk before the rains come again to get ready for the nice weather clothing... I'd better hurry!
Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I know my kids will love this recipe because we're huge grapefruit fans here. Thank you!

Pomelos (or Pummelos) are my absolute favorite fruit in the entire world!! Not to gross you out, but once when I was about 7, I ate so much of it, I had diarrhea for days.

Heather said...

wow that popsicle does sound lovely! you'll have to make them and let us know!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's pretty cool! I never thought of grapefruit popsicles!

Anya said...

I can not wait, I'm nervous HEHE
You will also have not slept ;)

If it continues send me as soon as possible a photo.
I can create a new blog (@^.^@)

Dawn said...

nooo kidding? putting salt on grapefruit makes it sweeter?
I'm so glad to see you baking and creating with food more. YAY! How are the furry ones? I am taking care of 2 Akita dogs this week and next. Have you ever seen Akita's? They are HUGE, but sweet. Have a good weekend my dear.

AndreaLeigh said...

that is a beautiful popsicle but I'm not too sure about the grapefruit part. :)

Neabear said...

Interesting grapefruit facts. I don't like grapefruit myself. But with the salt on it maybe I would like it afterall.