It’s the dog days of winter, so why not brighten up the relentless gray with a splash of color? Maybe ruby red – or perhaps oro blanco (white gold).
We’re talking about grapefruit, of course. And just in time, too. February is National Grapefruit Month, a good reminder for us to consider the health and nutritional benefits of one of the world’s most beloved fruits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, grapefruits are grown all over the world, with China, the United States and Mexico as the world’s leading producers.
National Grapefruit Month - History
Grapefruit origins discovered.
The true origins of the grapefruit are finally uncovered, leading to a revision of its scientific name to Citrus × paradisi.
Grapefruit arrives in Florida.
French nobleman Count Odet Philippe introduces the grapefruit to Florida near Tampa Bay.
Grapefruit first identified.
Originally known as “the forbidden fruit,” grapefruit is first documented by Rev. Griffith Hughes, a Welsh naturalist and writer.
National Grapefruit Month Activities
1. Find your favorite
With so many varieties and hybrids to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s pleasing to your palate.
2. Make a tasty dish
There’s a whole host of tasty and easy-to-make recipes that include grapefruit. Make a tart and tasty grapefruit salad. Or add it to your chicken dish for a Caribbean-style treat that’s sure to please.
3. Learn a little history
The grapefruit has a relatively short but very interesting history. Find out where this special fruit comes from and share the knowledge with your friends and family. Check out our timeline to get started.
Why We Love National Grapefruit Month
A. They're good for us
Grapefruits are a good source of vitamins A and C. They help us maintain our immune systems and the nutrients they contain protect our skin and our eyes. Grapefruit is also loaded with magnesium, potassium and calcium. And they’re low in calories!
B. They come in a wide variety of colors and tastes
Red, white and pink grapefruit are the most popular. And the flavors run the gamut from super acidic and sour to sweet and tart.
C. Grapefruit juice plays well with others
Grapefruit juice makes a perfect mixer for some of our favorite drinks, including the Sea Breeze and the Salty Dog.