What Type of Grapefruit Satisfies Our Sweet Tooths Best? (Answer: It’s Rio Red Grapefruits)
While Winter Sweetz™ Texas Rio Red grapefruits hit the market during the fall and winter months, they grow sweet and savory during the summer, soaking in plenty of glorious South Texas sun.
Still, if you’re having a hankering for some grapefruit, you can always try the Californian and Floridian grapefruits that are currently available — but fair warning — they probably won’t pack the same sugary punch Texas Red grapefruits do. Curious as to why?
Let the good folks at Winter Sweetz™ give you a bit of information on the different types of grapefruits and their particular flavor profiles.
The Different Types of Grapefruits Across America
Citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits are grown all over the United States, from California to Arizona, into Texas and along the Gulf Coast, and even into Florida.
However, the different varieties of grapefruits are primarily grown in California, Florida, and Texas.
While these two other states tend to produce more grapefruit than Texas, and generally year-round, much of their harvests consist of pink and white varieties. While white grapefruits have been around since 1823, they aren’t very popular. An abundance of the flavonoid naringin can be found in the white grapefruit varieties. It’s this substance that makes them sour, and coupled with their high acidity, most of these white grapefruits end up as juice – with tons of sugar to cover up their tartness.
On the opposite side of the nation, you have the Golden State – California. World-renowned for its gorgeous weather, popular beaches, Hollywood Hills, and so much more, California may have unbelievable weather, but the state’s cooler temperatures and acidic soil just aren’t ideal for growing sweet grapefruits
California grows the oro blanco (white gold) and Melogold grapefruit varieties. The oro blanco is similar to a lime in color and is mild in flavor. The Melogold, on the other hand, is designed not to be so acidic but still has very little sweetness and is tart to the tongue.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Texas red grapefruits. When it comes to sweetness, flavor, and juiciness, there’s nothing that beats Texas Rio Red grapefruits.
Internationally recognized, sweet red grapefruits have the perfect balance of their sugar and acidity levels, making for a fruit that’s the ideal blend of sweet and tart.
And while the white and pink grapefruits from California and Florida tend to be outwardly more appealing, they lack the same deliciousness that Winter Sweetz™ Texas Rio Red grapefruits are known for – and even some health benefits!
The Texas Rio Red Grapefruit Difference
First and foremost, it’s important to note that regardless of the variety, grapefruits are generally good for a balanced diet. Red and white varieties both offer substantial amounts of vitamin C, which is an excellent antioxidant that helps to protect you against the dangers of free radicals.
Additionally, white and Rio Red grapefruits both contain flavonoids, which is another kind of antioxidant that has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Alongside flavonoids, Texas red grapefruits and white grapefruits also contain beneficial amounts of salicylic acid and dietary fiber. Salicylic acid can help provide some relief from the painful symptoms associated with arthritis, while the fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels and improve the health of your digestive system.
But what sets the Rio Red grapefruit apart is its abundance of vitamin A. This vitamin is important for your vision and immune system, and also helps the heart, lungs, kidney, and other organs to work properly.
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