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Texas State Fruit

Ruby red grapefruit
Ruby red grapefruit - photo © Matt Blakemore on Flickr - noncommercial use
permitted with attribution. See All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays.

Texas Red Grapefruit

Texas red grapefruit was designated the official state fruit of Texas in 1993. A fairly new citrus, grapefruit is believed to be a cross between a pummelo and an orange.The grapefruit family includes white, red (sweeter than white), pummelo (father of the grapefruit and the largest citrus), minneola (cross between tangerine and grapefruit), and sweeties (cross between the pummelo and the grapefruit).

Texans have grown grapefruit in the Rio Grande Valley for about 100 years. Around 1929 a mutation on a single tree became the famed Texas Ruby Red, which received the first-ever patent awarded to a grapefruit.

photo of Texas license plate with red grapefruit
Texas license plate with red grapefruit - picture from Texas Agriculture. See All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays.
Source:
Links:
Texas Rubies - Winter's Treasure: Texas Cooking
Romaine Salad with Texas Ruby Reds: Culinary Cafe
Nutrition Facts and Fun: ABC Kids - N. Dakota U
Nutrition Explorations for Kids: Ariana's Nutrition Expe
US Food Industry Facts & History by Spike and Jamie
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