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!
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!
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.
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.
You might have heard of many different grapefruits by different names. All grapefruits fall under one of the following types:
Winter Sweetz carries Rio Red grapefruit, which is a type of sweet red grapefruit and also one of the tastiest and juiciest grapefruits.
There are several ways you can eat Rio Red grapefruits, but it all depends on your preference. You can:
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.
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:
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.
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!
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:
These grapefruits are ideal for those who enjoy sour citrus. White grapefruits are usually the tartest and sour of all the grapefruits.
Pink grapefruits typically have both an intense sweet and sour taste. Pink grapefruits are most similar to white grapefruit.
Ruby Red grapefruits are a combination of sweet and tangy, but not sour or bitter like pink and white grapefruits.
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.
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.
On average, our tasty Texas Rio Red grapefruits contain 14 grams of carbohydrates.
Yes, Texas Rio Red grapefruit is a natural diuretic and assists in flushing out the excess water retained in your body.
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.
Sugar content depends on the size of the grapefruit, but on average a whole grapefruit contains about 17 grams of sugar.