The origin of grapefruit
Grapefruit, citrus paradisi, is a subtropical citrus tree, originating in the Caribbean. Its history is fairly short as the discovery only goes back to the 15th century when the fruit was brought to the Americas. People started planting the tree around 1820 in Florida mainly because they loved the appearance of the tree: tall, with beautiful green glossy leaves, white four-petaled flowers and yellow-orange fruits. Once they discovered it had a delicious taste as well, grapefruits were shipped across the nation, and the rest is history.
Did you know...
- Grapefruit is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world.
- In aromachology it is found that women who smell like grapefruit are perceived 5 to 10 years younger in the eyes of men.
- Grapefruit belongs to one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados” as the fruit was ‘invented’ first in Barbados.