Homegrown Hillsborough: Grapefruit
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.