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What Are the 13 Different Types of Grapefruit?

Grapefruit juice

Grapefruits come in all shades of color including red, pink, and white. These colors do not refer to the skin of the fruit, but the flesh inside. No matter which type of grapefruit you select, the taste and texture do not differ. Most grapefruits are seedless, but you can find some with seeds that you can use to make fresh juice.

Who Should We Thank for Bringing Us Grapefruits?

Accident! The grapefruit is an accidental creation. The story goes that the farmers in Barbados accidentally bred together sweet orange and pomelo. How did this fruit get its name? A Jamaican farmer in the 1800s upon tasting the fruit said that its taste was similar to grape so he named it grapefruit and the name has stuck around since then. However, grapefruit did not gain its individual status until the 1830s. Now, there are different types of grapefruits.

13 Different Types of Grapefruits

Here is a list of the different types of grapefruits:

1. Flame Orange flame grapefruit with dark red flesh

Flame grapefruit, when sliced open, reveals a dark pink flesh. Have you seen the inside of the ruby red grapefruit? The ruby red is darker and pinker in color than the red ruby grapefruit. It is so juicy and sweet that you will not be able to put it down once you start to eat it.

This grapefruit contains little to no seeds. From November to May, you will find it everywhere. Since they stay on trees for a long time, you can easily store them in a container for several months so you can eat them when they are not in season.

2. Lavender Gem

The lavender gem is a gem indeed. A combination of grapefruit and tangelo, it looks like a miniature grapefruit. When you slice the lavender gem, you will find that it has very few seeds in its pinkish-blue flesh. It does not have such a strong flavor.

When you go into the market to buy it, you can identify it by its lemon-yellow or pink blush skin. Other names it goes by are pink tangelo or just tangelo. Even though it has just a few seeds, it still has a lot of juice. People use the lavender gem for juicing, drinks, and fruit salads.

3. Duncan One whole and one half of Duncan grapefruit

The Duncan grapefruit, a creation of Florida, is a large yellow fruit. It is full of flavor with every bite bursting with juice. Most people use it to make fresh juice, as it contains a lot of seeds. As one of the oldest types of grapefruits, the Duncan is the sweetest tasting grapefruit.

It is a premium quality fruit that ripens early and tastes wonderful. Drinking its freshly squeezed juice during the sweltering summer months of the year will refresh you.

4. Marsh Seedless White marsh grapefruit

The marsh seedless also called the white marsh, takes first prize for being one of the most popular grapefruits available on the market. From the outside, it looks like a large lemon, as it is round and yellow. From the inside, the fruit is yellow.

It has a sweet and acidic flavor and is available in different varieties with the pink marsh being one of them. In comparison to the white marsh, the pink marsh has yellow skin and pink-bluish flesh that is less sweet and acidic, ruby red grapefruit has pale to red skin and tastes sweeter than the white marsh, but less acidic.

5. Oro Blanco 

Oro Blanco is a hybrid, a cross between a pomelo and grapefruit. Oro Blanco means white gold in Spanish if you are wondering. Its skin is thick and yellow, almost seedless, juicy, and sweet. It does not taste bitter or acidic at all and is quite delicious. If you want to taste something new and different, you will find the oro blanco grapefruit as both, but in a good way.

6. Melogold 

Melogold, a hybrid between a pomelo and grapefruit, came from California. Californian farmers created this fruit in the late 1950s and since then, it has become a popular choice among people with a desire for extremely juicy fruit with a taste similar to an orange with a hint of grapefruit flavor mixed in. To eat this grapefruit, just peel off the rind. It does not have a lot of seeds in them and has a taste that you will love.

7. PomelosChinese grapefruit

Pomelos are the fruit which all the other grapefruit hybrids came from and are large with yellow or lime green skin. They are a very popular fruit to add to salads. When you taste its flesh, you will find it mellow and thick.

You can peel the rind off easily. If you have not heard of pomelos, perhaps, you know them by another name, as in some countries, people refer to them as the Chinese grapefruit. If you ever get to celebrate the Chinese New Year in China, you will find pomelos everywhere, as they are a very important part of the celebration.

8. Star Ruby Star ruby grapefruit on a tree

Star ruby sports a yellow skin and when sliced open, it has a very deep red and pink flesh. For future reference, know that in grapefruits, the redder the color of the flesh, the sweeter in taste it will be. In star ruby grapefruit’s case, this is true. It has a sweet and sour taste, one that you will love.

9. Pink GrapefruitPink grapefruit with red flesh

Pink grapefruit is unlike any others that you have tasted. Most people who have eaten it have said that this is one of the most delicious grapefruits that they have ever tasted. You can eat its flesh or juice it.

It sits in the middle of white and red grapefruits in terms of sweetness, color, and tanginess. Most people will tell you that its flesh or juice tastes both sweet and sour. You will have to try it to give your own verdict about its taste.

10. Red GrapefruitSeveral red grapefruits

We know what we said that the redder the fruit, the sweeter it is. However, this is not true for red grapefruit. The red grapefruit decided to rebel when it came to tasting sweet due to its red flesh.  This bitter-tasting fruit receives its lovely red color from the lycopene, an antioxidant. It also contains beta-carotene, which is another beneficial antioxidant

11. Thompson

The Thompson is one of the oldest having been around since 1913. You will it in abundance in Florida and Texas and it lasts from October to February. It does not contain any seeds and can remain on trees for many months. The Thompson grapefruit tree can grow up to 25 feet tall and in terms of taste, it tastes like the marsh seedless. If you have eaten the marsh seedless, you have eaten the Thompson due to how similar they taste.

12. Sweeties Whole and halved sweeties grapefruit

Sweeties came to be when farmers combined a pomelo with a grapefruit. It is green in color, has a pale flesh that tastes very sweet.

13. White Grapefruit

White grapefruit with its creamy yellow rind is not as sweet as the others on this list. In fact, it is the least sweet of them all. This does not mean that it tastes bad. If you crave both sweet and sour, this fruit is your go-to choice. When you slice it open, the first thing you will notice is its intense aromatic smell that radiates in the room.

Since this grapefruit has many uses, commercial farmers are keen on growing them. When you juice them, the juice will be clear and colorless. In fact, both the pink and ruby red are a product of the white grapefruit.

Which One Do You Want to Try?

With so many grapefruits on this list, you have probably tried some of them. If there is one you want to try that you have not tried before, give it a go. You never know which one will become your new favorite.

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