Texas Red Grapefruit are sweet, juicy and tree-ripened, literally stored on the tree to peak of perfection. Texas red grapefruit was designated the official state fruit of Texas in 1993. Texas produces the following trademarked categories of grapefruit:
Rio Star® Category
Combines the two reddest varieties – Rio Red and Star Ruby grapefruit. It has an overall blush on the exterior peel with a deep red interior color which is 7 to 10 times redder than the Ruby Red.
Includes the famous Ruby Red, and other redder varieties – Henderson and Ray. Its smooth, yellow skin is naturally tinged with a reddish blush, and an interior color 3 to 5 times redder than Ruby Red.
Red but not too red, with the sweet, delectable taste as the Ruby-Sweet and Rio Star. Available at certain times from October through May.
How to Section a Grapefruit
With a sharp knife, cut off both ends of the fruit.
Place the fruit on the flat end and cut away peel from top to bottom along the curvature of the fruit. Remove all the white pulp.
Cut down along the grapefruit section to the center; then turn the knife to loosen the section and lift out.
Remove all other sections the same way.
- Information courtesy of TexasSweet Citrus Marketing, Inc.
From the February 2013 issue.