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Posted September 14, 2017 | 6:15 PM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Grapefruit

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. This feature we discuss a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

Fun fact: White and pink grapefruit have their own distinct tastes

When is fresh local grapefruit available at local groceries and farm stands?

Grapefruit reach maturity in South Florida in August/September. In Central Florida, the harvest begins in November and lasts into May

What types of grapefruit are grown commercially here?

Three or four red varieties are planted most often

Where is grapefruit most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

In areas with sandy, well-drained soil.

How many pounds of grapefruit are harvested?

In the 2014-15 season, 15,000 boxes were produced in Hillsborough County

Local insight: Commercial production of grapefruit in Hillsborough County is limited, but many residents have one or more trees in their yards. Perhaps your coworkers have brought in a bag of the homegrown fruit to share.

Recipe: Spiny Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

More information about Florida grapefruit