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Why is Florida Known for its Grapefruit?

When you think of Florida, you think of citrus – it’s as synonymous as America and apple pie. But why is that? Citrus was first farmed commercially in Florida in the mid-1800s, and the first orange trees were planted in St. Augustine, Florida in the mid-1500s.

Grapefruit have thrived in Florida thanks to the state’s sub-tropical temperatures, abundant rainfall, plenty of sunshine and unique, sandy soil, not to mention our dedicated Florida grapefruit growers. Florida’s distinctive natural conditions are why Florida Grapefruit stand apart.

Types of Grapefruit Grown in Florida

Several different varieties of grapefruit grow in Florida, with flesh ranging in color from white to light pink to a vibrant pink. While grapefruit are grown in other places, such as California, Texas and Arizona, the special climate conditions in Florida allow our grapefruit to be the juiciest and sweetest.

Florida grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice are often described as sweet, juicy, and full of amazingly tangy flavors. They are also very versatile and can be incorporated into a variety of delicious recipes that deliver grapefruit’s unique taste and nutritional benefits.

Put a twist on your everyday snacks by infusing Florida fresh grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice into your recipes to provide your body with important vitamins and minerals, along with the unique taste that grapefruit offers. To get you started, try our Pan-Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit Vinaigrette.

Unlike many other fruits, the peak season for grapefruit is during winter and spring, from late December through the end of May.