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FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL GRAPEFRUIT MONTH

 FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL GRAPEFRUIT MONTH
 LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- February is National


Grapefruit Month and if you think grapefruit juice tastes better than it used to, an expert on Florida citrus says you're right. The reason, according to Dr. Mohamed Ismail, a scientist with the Florida Department of Citrus, is that in Florida it's against the law to squeeze grapefruit too hard.
 It seems squeezing out every drop of fluid also releases two bitter substances, limonin and narigin, from the grapefruit's membrane and seeds. Ismail says the Florida juice people have learned how to squeeze just hard enough. They've also learned that letting grapefruit ripen on the tree a little longer cuts out much of these bitter substances, and insures that the Florida grapefruit juice on your store shelves is smooth and sweet.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Carle of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600, or at home, 212-744-6397, for the Florida Department of Citrus/ CO: Florida Department of Citrus ST: Florida IN: FOD SU:


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