The grapefruit is one of the first mutated fruits to thrive in the United States. It was a natural hybrid between a pummelo and a sweet orange in Barbados. The grapefruit wasn’t well-received in Florida when it arrived there in 1823. With the original grapefruits being tart and sour, fruit lovers that grew up on the taste of sweet oranges weren’t sold on the fruit and it was relegated to being a minor crop. It wasn’t until a mutation of the plant in Texas that produced red-fleshed grapefruit that was sweet did the grapefruit gain popularity. Today, the USA is the world’s leading producer of grapefruits with Florida producing the bulk of the supply.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. x paradisi
- Binomial name: Citrus x paradisi
- National Grapefruit Month is February.
- Grapefruit flesh comes in many colors, red, white, pink, and golden.
- Grapefruit are never machine picked even though they are very hardy fruits.
- The grapefruit is one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados