Just as the Ruby Red Grapefruit was a mutation from the original grapefruit trees, the Rio Red Grapefruit is a mutation from the Ruby Red. The Rio Red has a deeper color than the Ruby Red, it is less acidic, and is sweeter. The Rio Red Grapefruit is also rounder in shape than most grapefruits as well as being juicier than the other variants. This is a long way from the first grapefruits that were found to have whiteish flesh, very acidic taste, and extreme tartness.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. x paradisi
- Binomial name: Citrus × paradisi
Rio Red Grapefruit Trivia
- The Rio Red Grapefruit is one of the most popular breakfast fruits in America.
- Grapefruit peel oils are used in aromatherapy as well as an essential oil.
- The Rio Red Grapefruit has more water than almost any other fruit in the world and on par with the watermelon.