Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

“Fresh2U” Nutrition Program for Kids and Parents


Grapefruit is a 19th century name that seems to have come from the way the fruit grows in bunches. Thought to be a descendant of the pummelo, a citrus fruit that grows in Southeast Asia, the grapefruit was introduced in Florida in the 1820s.

An excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, one half of a grapefruit has only 50 calories.

Select grapefruit that are firm, yet springy to the touch and heavy for their size. Minor surface blemishes or a slightly green color does not affect quality, but avoid bad bruises. Grapefruit will keep at room temperature for a few days, but it is best to refrigerate them. Typical shelf life is four to six weeks in the refrigerator. However, long storage does not improve grapefruit quality.

Grapefruit is juicier if rolled between your palm and the counter top for a few seconds before eating.

Florida grapefruit are available from September though June.

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