During the month of February, get your fill of the ruby reds, marsh, pomelo and oroblanco because it is National Grapefruit
These citrus fruits range from white to red and sweet to tart but adds a brightness to the tongue that will make anyone perk up. High in vitamins C and A, grapefruits also pack in the potassium. They contain no cholesterol or sodium and only 52 calories per serving.
Grapefruits are grown in many areas throughout the world including here in the United States, Israel, Spain, Greece, Brazil and Cuba. However, the United States is the world's number one producer. Grapefruits grow on trees in clusters, just as grapes – it is believed that is where they got their name!
The evergreen grapefruit trees usually grow to around 16 – 20 feet tall, although they can reach 43 – 49 feet. The leaves are glossy dark green, long (up to 6 inches and thin. It produces 2 inches white four - petaled flowers. The fruit is yellow-orange skinned and generally an oblate spheroid in shape; it ranges in diameter from 4 – 6 inches. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color depending on the cultivars, which include white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness (generally, the redder varieties are sweeter). The 1929 US Ruby Red (of the Redblush variety) has the first grapefruit patent.
An early pioneer in the American citrus industry was Kimball Chase Atwood, a wealthy entrepreneur who founded the Atwood Grapefruit Co. in the late 19th century. The Atwood Grove became the largest grapefruit grove in the world, with a yearly output of 80,000 boxes of fruit. It was there that pink grapefruit was first discovered in 1906
The Best Way To Observe
Try one of the several varieties of grapefruit until you find one you like and use #National Grapefruit Month to share on social media.
The History Of National Grapefruit Month
Online research did not identify the original source or history of National Grapefruit Month.
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