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How Did These Fruits Get Their Names?


Updated February 07, 2014

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How Grapefruits Got Their Name
Brian Lary

Grapefruits were discovered in the West Indies and imported to the state of Florida in the 19th century. The name refers to the appearance of the fruits as they grow on trees in clusters - similar to grapes.

Grapefruits are rich in vitamin C and are also a good source of potassium and vitamin A. One-half of a grapefruit has 37 calories. Serve your grapefruit with a little sweetener as a nice addition to breakfast, or make a Grapefruit Sunrise Smoothie


"Facts About Citrus Fruits and Juices: Grapefruit." University of Florida Extension. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FS/FS08900.pdf.

"Grapefruit, raw, pink and red, Florida." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

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