Types of Grapefruit

Grapefruit originated in in Barbados as a cross between a sweet orange and pummelo. When grown in cooler climate grapefruits tend to be acidic in flavour. When grown under tropical conditions this same grapefruit tends to be less acidic and more pleasant to eat.

Selection, Storage and Availability

Choose grapefruit that feel heavy and full without soft spots. Grapefruit keep well at room temperature but keep for longer in the refrigerator. Australian grapefruit are available Autumn-Spring.


Juice grapefruit and add to orange juice to cut through the sweetness. Halve and sprinkle with sugar and eat for breakfast.

Nutrition Information

Grapefruit are low in Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. Grapefruit is a good source of fibre and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Grapefruit Common or Yellow

Yellow grapefruit are juicy with a sour flavour. If you like yellow grapefruit try a pomelo. Pomelo’s taste like a sweet, mild grapefruit, though the typical pomelo is much larger in size than the grapefruit.

Ruby or Red Grapefruit

Grapefruit are distinguished between red or ruby varieties and yellow or common varieties. The red pigment (lycopene) in ruby grapefruit is enhanced by high temperatures and is well suited to the Katherine and Darwin regions of the Northern Territory.