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This refreshing blend is a delicious thirst quencher with grapefruit and lemon flavour, enriched with delicious fruits. The combination creates a perfect balance between citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit, lemon and intense flavor and aroma elements such as lemongrass, apple, grapes. Raspberries and strawberries complete the nuances, creating a mix of flavors between sour, slightly acidic and sweet notes. All enriched by vitamin C and natural aroma, which makes this drink similar to a rich lemonade. A juicy and sophisticated taste, which you can enjoy both hot and fresh, or even better iced for the hottest days. Also delicious as a base for a summer cocktail.

If you have never tried this combination, buy the 50 g format, but if you are already in love with its intense citrus flavour, choose the convenience formats. Origins and history of cultivation

Grapefruit and lemon infusion: properties and benefits

By taking this infusion you obtain various mineral salts and antioxidants that are beneficial for the body. Grapefruit promotes diuresis and drainage of excess body fluids, creating the conditions for good functionality of the lymphatic microcirculation. A detox action also enhanced by the presence of grapes in the infusion, which is useful in case of a slimming diet. It helps counteract the swelling of water retention, promotes the elimination of toxins and gives a sense of satiety. The purifying action of citrus fruits and lemongrass begins in the airways, continuing along the digestive system and urinary tracts with diuretic activity.

Grapefruit combines with strawberry and grapes, to provide useful antioxidants for our body, such as vitamin C. Furthermore, the lemongrass present in the infusion helps the regularity of sweating process and is useful during the heat, associated with the thirst-quenching qualities of grapefruit and lemon. Furthermore, the digestive benefits of lemon are known, which combined with orange, lemongrass and apple helps digestive function; for regular intestinal transit and the elimination of gas.

In winter, the grapefruit and lemon infusion can provide benefits for the airways and the natural defense system. The nutrients and antioxidants contained in the infusion can combat symptoms associated with colds, sore throats and excessive mucus – thanks to citric acid. The antioxidant properties of the ingredients in the mixture are useful for cellular well-being and for correctly supporting natural defenses.

The grapefruit is a citrus fruit that grows in warm subtropical climates, and was first identified in the Barbados Islands. This cross between pomelo and orange was mentioned for the first time in the mid-eighteenth century, and since then it has spread to various crops in India, Europe and finally America. Grapefruit is less sweet than orange and less sour than lemon, with a particular taste that makes it appreciated in cooking - sometimes slightly bitter. Its juicy and citrus flavor is accompanied by benefits, and for this reason it is now cultivated in many countries including Israel, the United States and Brazil.

The origin of lemon in Asian territory - in China or in Assam (region of India) or in northern Myanmar. It was born as a hybrid between the bitter orange and the cedar, thousands of years ago. Known for centuries in Asia, it arrived in Europe already at the time of the Egyptians and then of the Roman Empire. Lemons also became popular in Arab countries and the word lemon comes from the Arabic laymun. In the Middle Ages they were widely used both as folk remedies and as ornamental trees and fruits. They were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus as early as 1493, as lemon seeds from Spain. Even today, lemon is used to naturally treat diarrhea and slow digestion.

Flowers and fruits contained in the infusion

Grapefruit derives from the Citrus × paradisi Macfad plant, a fruit tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. It was born as a hybrid between the sweet orange and the pomelo, but for centuries it has represented a species in its own right. The tree grows up to 6 meters high, with a very dense foliage, shiny leaves and large white flowers. The fruit has a tender pulp, with a slightly acidic flavour; varies in size based on the variety and growing conditions.
Lemons grow from the evergreen tree Citrus limon, of the Rutaceae family. The plant develops best in tropical climates characterized by heat and humidity, and is very sensitive to cold. There are many modern varieties of lemon, over 20 different types grown all over the world. The plants show branches with thorns and shiny green leavesyou. When the tree flowers it produces small white flowers, while the fruits arrive between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
The sweet orange tree is Citrus sinensis, belonging to the Rutaceae family. It probably originated as a hybrid between the pomelo and the mandarin in China. Over the centuries, many varieties of orange have been developed, and sweet oranges are distinguished from bitter oranges.
The Malus domestica plant of the Rosaceae family is the one that gives apples. It is a tree native to Asia, now widespread throughout the planet. The fruits vary in color and size, based on the many varieties cultivated.
The grape comes from the Vitis vinifera plant, a genus belonging to the Vitaceae family. It is a vigorous climber, which can easily cover walls and surfaces. It displays large leaves and tiny green flowers. The famous fruits are grapes, gathered in globular bunches and different based on the variety of the vine.
Strawberries come from plants of the Fragaria genus, of the Rosaceae family. The most common are those of the garden strawberry cultivar, the hybrid Fragaria × ananassa. Strawberries vary in size, color and shape of the fruit and also within the ripening season.
Lemongrass derives from plants of the Cymbopogon genus, of the Poaceae family, native to southern Asia. It is a cross between a scented geranium and lemongrass. It shows very long leaves, with an intense green color and grows up to approximately 2 meters.
The raspberry comes from the plant species Rubus idaeus (red raspberry) and Rubus Occidentalis (black raspberry). The plants have biennial stems, which grow in one year and produce fruit in the following. The branches give white or pink flowers and an aggregate berry, which we consider the raspberry. It is made up of numerous drupes held together in the fruit.

Nutritional values of grapefruit and lemon infusion

The main active ingredients are acids (malic acid, citric acid), and mineral salts such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, sodium. The infusion makes vitamin C and other antioxidants available.

How to use the ingredients in the infusion

The infusion is obtained by placing approximately 3-5 grams of the grapefruit and lemon mixture with water at 100 °C in a cup (250 ml).

Leave to infuse for 10 to 12 minutes before drinking. Add honey or sugar, if desired.

Grapefruit and lemon infusion: side effects and contraindications

Even if it brings benefits, to avoid unwanted effects it is necessary to respect the recommended doses and not exceed the consumption of the infusion. Excessive intake can cause constipation, nausea, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders (stomach acid, reflux, etc.).

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