Citrus paradisii (Grapefruit)
Hybrid between Pummelo Citrus
maxima and Sweet Orange
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This hybrid species is thought to have originated on the island of
Barbados in about 1750. Further varieties of Grapefruit were developed
mainly in Florida and Texas, USA. Grapefruit are usually eaten by
cutting them in half and scooping out the flesh, often with a little sugar added
to relieve the bitterness. They are also used in juices and fruit salads.
Sauer, J.D. 1993. Historical geography of
crop plants - a select roster. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.