Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)
Grapefruit is a natural hybrid between the Pomelo and the Sweet Orange, or maybe a mutation of the pomelo. Native to Barbados, in the Antilles, it is the only citrus tree that is not native to Asia. It was imported in the Mediterranean area at the beginning of the XIX century.
In English-speaking countries it is called grapefruit probably because its fruits are grouped in bunches.
It is a vigorous tree with hairless buds and big, oval leaves with a rounded apex and a winged petiole. Flowers are big, white, either single or grouped in bunches. Its fruits are big, globose, smooth, they have a bitterish flavour and polyembryonic seeds.
USES AND FUN FACTS
China is the main Grapefruit trees producer. Its fruits are used in many recipes and in pharmacy, for its antimycotic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.