Winter Sweetz has the answer to everything about sweet red grapefruit!

Common Questions About

Our Mouth-Watering Red Grapefruit

Who is Winter Sweetz?

Winter Sweetz is a citrus grower in Texas that excels in growing and selling sweet red grapefruits, known as Rio Red grapefruit. They are delightfully sweet, incredibly juicy, and are the number one choice of sweet red grapefruits compared to grapefruits grown in Florida and California!

What makes Winter Sweetz different from other grapefruits?

Our grapefruits thrive because of the Texas sun, ideal climate and rich soil of Mission, TX, and the love we give to each of our trees. Our Rio Red grapefruits are enjoyably sweet and juicy. We encourage you to try them and see for yourself!

What’s the difference between Winter Sweetz and California Grapefruits?

Although California is known for its nice weather, the soil where grapefruits are grown is acidic. Winter Sweetz is fortunate to benefit from the amazing South Texas soil and climate. 

The warm weather in the Rio Grande Valley is an advantage because grapefruits reach their peak sweetness during hot days and warm nights. The climate helps lower the acidity and increase the sugar. 

The climate and soil conditions are essential to Winter Sweetz and are what make us different from the rest.

My Winter Sweetz grapefruit looks a little scarred. Is that ok?

With Winter Sweetz, it’s what’s in the inside that counts!

Yes, it is perfectly normal for our grapefruits to have the occasional scar because of harsh winds, but the humidity of South Texas keeps our grapefruits sweet and juicy! 

In fact, the scars are a good sign of sugar content.

How many types of grapefruits are there?

You might have heard of many different grapefruits by different names. All grapefruits fall under one of the following types: 

  • Pink grapefruit
  • Red grapefruit
  • White or yellow grapefruit
  • Melogold 
  • Pomelo 
  • Oroblanco

Winter Sweetz carries Rio Red grapefruit, which is a type of sweet red grapefruit and also one of the tastiest and juiciest grapefruits.

How do I eat a Texas Rio Red grapefruit?

There are several ways you can eat Rio Red grapefruits, but it all depends on your preference. You can:

  1. Peel the rind with your fingers and enjoy the fruit in its entirety. 
  2. Cut the sweet red grapefruit in half and use a spoon to dig out the juicy segments. 
  3. Cut grapefruit into wedges.
Where can I buy Winter Sweetz Rio Red grapefruits near me?

Check your local grocery store to see if they keep our delicious sweet red grapefruits in stock. You can also order our mouthwatering grapefruits when they are in season and we are shipping.

How do I peel a Texas Rio Red grapefruit?

Peeling a delicious sweet grapefruit can be a bit tedious, but is well worth it. The preferred method is to remove the pith and membrane that cause the bitter and sour flavors that the Texas state fruit is known for.  Winter Sweetz has the perfect tutorial for an easy way to peel a Texas Rio Red grapefruit.

What can I do with sweet red grapefruit?

Not only can you use grapefruit for amazing meal recipes, delectable cocktails, and beverages for any holiday or occasion, but they also make great natural cleaning products!

How do I juice a sweet red grapefruit?

If you don’t own a juicer,  you can easily juice a sweet red grapefruit by hand. Follow these step by step instructions for optimal juicing:

  1. Roll the grapefruit on your counter while applying a little pressure. This makes squeezing easier since it loosens up the juice in the grapefruit. 
  2. Cut the Rio Red grapefruit in half. 
  3. Grab half the grapefruit and squeeze it into a glass. Use a fork to press against the insides to get the most juice out as possible.
Should red grapefruit be refrigerated?

Although citrus is juicier when they’re room temperature, refrigerating them can increase their shelf life.

If you are not planning on eating your Texas Rio Red grapefruit right away, you can place them in a plastic bag and store them in your refrigerator. They can last up to 6 weeks when refrigerated.

When is grapefruit season?

Our juicy Texas state fruits grow throughout the summer and fall seasons. The grapefruit’s luscious flavors peak during the winter, which is how we got our name, Winter Sweetz!

What does grapefruit taste like?

Since there are different types of grapefruits, the flavors can range from sour and tart to delectably sweet. Here is a quick breakdown of the different grapefruits and their flavors:

  • White grapefruit

These grapefruits are ideal for those who enjoy sour citrus. White grapefruits are usually the tartest and sour of all the grapefruits. 

  • Pink grapefruit

Pink grapefruits typically have both an intense sweet and sour taste. Pink grapefruits are most similar to white grapefruit. 

  • Ruby Red grapefruit

Ruby Red grapefruits are a combination of sweet and tangy, but not sour or bitter like pink and white grapefruits. 

  • Rio Red grapefruit

The deep red flesh of Rio Red grapefruit makes them sweet and juicy. Rio Red grapefruits are the sweetest of them all, which helped Winter Sweetz get their name.

How Texas Rio Red Grapefruit

Can Affect Your Health

Is red grapefruit good for you?

Grapefruits are incredibly good for you! Our delightful Rio Red grapefruits provide a punch of essential vitamins and minerals. These healthy snacks can boost your immune system and give you a great complexion, amongst many other benefits!

How many calories are in a sweet grapefruit?

Another reason grapefruits make a great snack is their low-calorie count. Most red grapefruits are under 120 calories. Depending on the size, the calories can range from 50 to 120 calories.

How many carbs are in grapefruit?

On average, our tasty Texas Rio Red grapefruits contain 14 grams of carbohydrates.

Do Texas Rio Red grapefruits burn fat?

Grapefruits are great to incorporate into your diets if you’re looking to lose weight and burn fat! There have been studies that have proven red grapefruit can lower cholesterol, which also helps with burning belly fat and losing pounds!

How much vitamin C is in a grapefruit?

The Texas state fruit typically has about 39 mg vitamin C. Vitamin C is a great immunity boost, amongst many other health benefits. Learn how vitamin C can improve your health.

Does Rio Red grapefruit lower blood pressure?

Yes, grapefruit can assist in keeping your blood pressure at bay. Studies have shown a decrease in blood pressure when you add a red grapefruit to your daily diet.

Is grapefruit a diuretic?

Yes, Texas Rio Red grapefruit is a natural diuretic and assists in flushing out the excess water retained in your body.

Can you be allergic to grapefruits and not oranges?

Usually, if you are allergic to grapefruits, you’re allergic to all citrus. Citrus fruits all have similar anatomies including the compounds that cause allergies. 

Although citrus allergies are not common, grapefruits can cause a reaction when taken with certain medicines.

How much sugar is in red grapefruit?

Sugar content depends on the size of the grapefruit, but on average a whole grapefruit contains about 17 grams of sugar.