Winter Sweetz™ grapefruits are more than just delicious, sweet, one-of-a-kind fruit. They also have an amazing history, and besides being chock-full of savory juices, are bursting with tons of fun facts.
While you may have read our blogs about all the amazing health advantages of eating grapefruits and enjoying its juices, you may not have heard about all of its quirky facts. Interested in finding out some “forbidden” secrets about the grapefruit? Read on!
- When first found, the grapefruit was known as the “forbidden fruit.”
- The grapefruit is a hybrid fruit originating in Barbados and is known as “One of the Seven Wonders of Barbados.”
- Grapefruits are a cross between sweet orange and shaddock.
- Grapefruit got its name from the way it grows – in bunches, just like grapes.
- The fruit from which grapefruits evolved from likely originated in Indonesia and Malaysia.
- The grapefruit found its way to Florida via Count Odet Philippe in 1823.
- The US Ruby Red grapefruit became the first patented grapefruit in 1929.
- In 1993, the Texas Red Grapefruit became the official fruit of Texas.
- Grapefruit trees can reach 25 to 30 feet tall.
- One single grapefruit tree can produce more than 1,500 pounds of fruit.
- In just ½ a grapefruit there is roughly 60% of your daily vitamin C needs.
- A grapefruit is 75% juice. One medium grapefruit can give you ⅔ of a cup of freshly squeezed juice.
- Most of the grapefruit consumed throughout the world is grown in Florida and in our amazing Rio Grande Valley. Our subtropical climate allows grapefruits to thrive.
- In Haiti, grapefruit is used mostly for its juice and also to make jam.
- Grapefruit leaves are light green when they are young and darken as they mature.
- Humidity affects the thinness of the grapefruits peel, and when grown in arid climates, the peel is thicker, rougher, and the juice content is lower.
- There are now more than 20 different varieties of grapefruits.
- The color of a grapefruit affects its nutritional value.
- Eating grapefruit may improve insulin resistance and has been shown to decrease weight and fat mass in adults.
- Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can retain 98% of its vitamin C for a week when stored covered in a refrigerator.
- The evergreen grapefruit trees can grow anywhere between 16-20 feet tall. There are cases though where a tree has reached up to 49 feet.
- In Costa Rica, grapefruits are cooked to remove their sourness, and are instead viewed as sweets.
- Grapefruits are botanical berries.
- February is National Grapefruit Month.
- Grapefruits are hand-picked.
- Last, but definitely not least – Winter Sweetz™ grapefruits are the tastiest grapefruits ever.
Well, at least here at Lone Star Citrus Growers we think this is a fact. And we’re confident that if you give us a try you’ll know this to be true as well. Contact us today to find out how to get Winter Sweetz™.