The Popularity of White Grapefruit Juice
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It took a long time for the grapefruit to make it in America. One of the newest additions to the citrus fruit family, the grapefruit, arrived in Florida in 1823. But unfortunately, the Sunshine State had already adopted the orange as its favorite fruit.
Over the next few years, small grapefruit crops were planted in Florida, but the fruit was little more than a novelty. In fact, many people complained that it was simply too sour. Perhaps this was because they had become accustomed to the sweet flavor of the orange.
At the time, all grapefruits were white grapefruit. But at some point during the Florida years, a mutation appeared. This new grapefruit had pink flesh on the inside. But other than that, it tasted exactly the same as the white grapefruit. For some strange reason, people began to plant pink grapefruit crops along with the white ones. God only knows why?
Then by the end of the nineteenth century, the grapefruit arrived in South Texas. Though the locals were not especially enamored of the taste, farmers were desperate for some new fruit crops. White and pink grapefruits were planted in the Lone Star State, but they were not sold. Because farmers did not believe anyone would pay for them, they often gave away the grapefruit they were experimenting with.
Finally, in 1929 a farmer discovered another mutation. This new variety of grapefruit was red on the inside. But unlike the pink and white grapefruit, this new fruit tasted different. It was much sweeter than either the pink or the red. After only a few years, this new grapefruit, later named the Ruby Red gave birth to the Texas grapefruit industry. By 1962, red varieties of grapefruit were so popular in Texas that the state officially eliminated both the pink and white grapefruit.
Where did this leave the original white grapefruit? Well, there were still three other grapefruit-producing states–Florida, California and Arizona–and none of them were about to do anything foolish like banning the white grapefruit. After all, the white variety was the most popular choice for grapefruit juice makers. Perhaps this was because it was a wee bit cheaper or because people actually preferred their juice on the bitter side.
This trend continued when frozen concentrated grapefruit was finally offered for sale in the nineteen-nineties. Today, the red grapefruit remains the most popular selection when it comes to fresh fruit, while the white grapefruit is reigns supreme in the juice market.