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Posted October 18, 2017 | 2:46 PM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Grapefruit

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

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

Grapefruit reach maturity in South Florida in August and 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.

How many acres are planted with grapefruit?

34 acres.

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 2017-18 season, about 3,000 boxes were produced in Hillsborough County.

Fun facts:

White and pink grapefruit have their own distinct tastes.

The first grapefruit trees in North America were in what's now Safety Harbor, on the northwest coast of Tampa Bay.

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.

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