Quick Facts: Grapefruit

  • The tangelo is the result of fertilization of grapefruit flowers with mandarin orange pollen.5
  • Half of a grapefruit provides all the vitamin C the body needs for one day.5
  • Pomelos, or Chinese grapefruits, are the largest citrus fruits.5
  • Grapefruits that are heavy for their size and have thin skin are usually the juiciest and best quality.5
  • A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in Florida in 1823. Today, Florida produces about one third of the world’s grapefruit.6
  • Some mature grapefruit trees can yield up to 1,500 pounds of fruit in a season.6
  • The ruby red grapefruit was a chance mutation discovered on a McAllen, Texas, farm in 1929.6