A cross between oranges and Asian pomelos, grapefruit is a relative newcomer to the citrus scene. Although grown in Florida since the 1830’s, this tropical fruit has only been widely available since the early 1900’s. The U.S. produces the majority of the world’s grapefruit supply with Florida being the largest grower. The fruit’s name refers to the fact that it grows in grapelike clusters.
Available year-round, grapefruit is divided into seeded and seedless, and white and pink categories. The flesh ranges in color from yellowish-white to pink to ruby red. All have a tart, refreshing flavor that is delicious in salads and desserts or enjoyed on its own.