Grapefruit was first launched to Florida within the 1800s by Depend Odet Phillipe, who planted the very first grove close to Tampa Bay, in keeping with the Florida Department of Citrus. Whereas grapefruit is grown throughout Florida immediately, the overwhelming majority of it’s grown within the Indian River area that stretches from Daytona to West Palm Seashore, on the other coast from the place it was first planted. Florida’s subtropical local weather and sandy soil proved to be supreme for rising grapefruits.
Right this moment, Florida is the highest grapefruit-growing state in the US, studies the University of Florida. In 2019, Florida produced 4.9 million boxes of grapefruit, which accounted for 38.5% of the total grapefruit production within the US and 40% of the total value at $65 million. Different states that additionally develop grapefruit embrace California, Texas, and Arizona. The highest types of grapefruit grown in Florida embrace the Ruby Crimson, Flame, Thompson, Marsh, and Duncan, per Visit Florida. Florida’s grapefruit season runs from November to Might, with peak season (and peak sweetness!) from January to Might, excellent while you may want a bit bit of additional sweetness and sunshine through the chilly winter months.