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Dehydrated grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Grapefruit is an evergreen tree from the Runtaceae s family from Barbados, and it has a sweet-bitter fruit. Grapefruit is a hybrid between sweet orange and pomela, with which people often mix it. When people first encountered it, it was called a 'forbidden fruit' because it was found by those who sought the identity of the original tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Currently, grapefruit is considered one of the 7 wonders of Barbados. There are three types of grapefruit - white, red and pink.

Evergreen grapefruit trees usually grow to about 5-6 meters, although they can reach up to 15 meters. The leaves are shiny, dark green, thin and up to 15 centimeters long. Grapefruit trees produce white flowers with four petals. The fruit is yellow-orange in color and generally in the form of a spheroid; the size of the fruit depends on the type and conditions in which the plant grows.

Grapefruit is rich in vitamins C, A, D, B, K and in minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron. It bears the title of Immunity Protector and also takes care of heart, vision, bones, veins and capillaries. Grapefruit also eliminates fatigue, nervousness and irritability, relieves depression, prevents osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease and protects against many types of tumors. 


Grapefruit is used primarily for nutritional purposes. Its extremely healthy characteristics make it a popular fruit for making juices, teas, smoothies and various sweets. It is not uncommon to find it in cosmetics, perfumes, and tablets as a dietary supplement. It is popular in various diets because it speeds up metabolism and thus promotes weight loss.

Botanica dehydrated grapefruit lasts longer than fresh grapefruit, whether used privately or at a bar. As with other fresh fruit used in bars as a decoration and accessory for drinks, grapefruit, if not used after two days, loses its aromatic properties and can be thrown away. Dehydrated grapefruit is ideal for bar use because of the optimum use of the whole fruit as well as the reduced amount of fruit needed.

All of Botanica's dehydrates are dehydrated in professional dehydrators under certain conditions to ensure the perfect final product - every time. Also, when a guest receives fresh citrus as a drink decoration, he/she often squeezes the fruit into the drink, which throws the taste of the drink into imbalance. Dehydrated fruit contains a high concentration of aroma and flavor, which automatically means that a smaller quantity needs to be used.

Botanica dehydrated grapefruit is the perfect decoration for cocktails, hot drinks, soft drinks, and desserts. Grapefruit goes great with gin, vodka, tequila, and herbal liqueurs based on star anise. As a decoration and ingredient in cocktails, it is complementary to blueberries and Mediterranean herbs.

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