In what is now the state of Florida, USA, Odette Philippe, a French military surgeon, established a grapefruit plantation in 1809. Philippe was rather taken by the grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) when he was sampling them in the Bahamas, Philippe had been interned as a prisoner of war by the British.
- Grapefruit – Wikipedia
Its current name alludes to clusters of the fruit on the tree, which often appear similar to that of grapes. Botanically, it was not distinguished from the pomelo until the 1830s, when it was given the name Citrus paradisi. Its true origins were not determined until the 1940s.
- Grapefruit Tree – Barbados Pocket Guide
The grapefruit tree (Citrus paradisi) is a citrus, evergreen tree that is grown here on the island of Barbados and known for its relatively acidic fruit.
- The Nibble: Grapefruit History
America is the world’s largest consumer of grapefruit, with large commercial groves in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.
Unlike cranberries, grapefruit aren’t native to North America. In 1823, the French Count Philippe Odet brought them over from the West Indies to Florida, soon planting a grove in what is now Safety Harbor on the west shore of Tampa.