I love, love, love grapefruit. Yup, I buy the huge bags in the grocery store and eat them all in a week or two. I decided to research the different types since I love them so much. Here's the list I came up with.
Grapefruits come in all shades of color, 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 to it, the taste and texture does not differ. Most grapefruits are seedless, but you can find some with seeds that you can use to make fresh grapefruit juice.
- Who Should We Thank for Bringing Us Grapefruits?
- 13 Different Types of Grapefruits
- Which Grapefruit Do You Want to Try?
Who Should We Thank for Bringing Us Grapefruits?
Accident! The grapefruit is an accidental creation. The story goes that the famers in Barbados accidently 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:
Flame grapefruit, when sliced open, reveals a dark pink flesh. Have you see the inside of the ruby red grapefruit? The ruby red grapefruit is more darker and pinker in color than red ruby grapefruit. It is so juicy and sweet that you will not be able to put it down once you eat it.
This grapefruit contains little to no seeds. From November to May, you will find this grapefruit 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 Grapefruit
Lavender gem grapefruit is a gem indeed. A combination of a grapefruit and tangelo, it looks like a miniature grapefruit. When you sliced open the lavender gem grapefruit, 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 include pink tangelo or just tangelo. Even though it is a few seeds, it still has a lot of juice. People use the lavender gem grapefruits for juicing, drinks, juicing, and in fruit salads
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 this grapefruit to make fresh juice, as it contains a lot of seeds. As one of the oldest types of grapefruits, the Duncan grapefruit is the sweetest tasting grapefruit.
It is a premium quality fruit that ripens early and tastes wonderful. Drinking freshly squeezed juice of this grapefruit during the sweltering summer months of the year will refresh you and since it is very sweet, containing natural sugars, you can drink it as part of your diet.
The marsh seedless grapefruit, also called the white marsh grapefruit, 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 grapefruit, the pink marsh grapefruit 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 grapefruit, but less acidic.
5. Oro Blanco Grapefruit
Oro Blanco grapefruit 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, but 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 Grapefruit
Melogold grapefruit, a hybrid between a pomelo and grapefruit, came from California. Californian farmers created this fruit in the late 1950s and since then, this grapefruit 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 like.
Pomelos, the fruit where all the other grapefruit hybrids came from. Pomelos 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.
However, it pith is very bitter. 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.
Star ruby grapefruit sports a yellow skin and when sliced open, it is 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.
Pink grapefruit is unlike any other grapefruits you have tasted. Most people who eaten this grapefruit have said that this is one of the most delicious grapefruits that have ever tasted. You can eat its flesh or juice it to make fresh juice.
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 to it to give your own verdict about its taste.
We know what we said before 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 grapefruit tastes very bitter. 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 Grapefruit
Thompson grapefruit is one of the oldest grapefruits to exist, having been around since 1913. It is a
variety of the marsh seedless grapefruit that also goes by the make of pink marsh. You will this grapefruit in abundance in Florida and Texas.
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 grapefruit. If you have eaten the marsh seedless grapefruit, you have eaten the Thompson grapefruit due to how similar they taste.
Sweeties grapefruit came to be when farmers combined a pomelo with a grapefruit. Give it your best guess and guess how the taste of this grapefruit? If you are smart, you probably said sweet, as it is in the name. This grapefruit, which is green in color, has a pale flesh that tastes very sweet.
White grapefruit with its creamy yellow rind is not as sweet as other grapefruits 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. You can add white grapefruit to juices, fruity drinks, and even syrups.
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 grapefruit and ruby red grapefruit are a product of the white grapefruit.
Which Grapefruit Do You Want to Try?
With so many grapefruits on this list, you have probably tried some of them. If there is a one you want to try that you have not tried before, give it a go. You never know which one will become your favorite. When you are eating grapefruits, you are also giving yourself a dose of health due to the many benefits of eating grapefruits.
Grapefruits are good for your heart, keep you hydrated, as they are 90% water, strengthen your immune system, help you lose and maintain your weight, lower your cholesterol levels, and decreases stress levels. You should also eat the pith of the grapefruit. Yes, it is bitter, and you rather throw it away than
eat it, but it contains so many benefits. The pith, the white spongy part of the grapefruit, contains lots of soluble fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. It can also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer as well reduce your blood sugar levels.