Green, Bitter Grapefruit!
About 15 years ago, a neighbor stopped by my house and gave me some grapefruits that he’d brought back from his vacation in Florida. I have never been able to eat a grapefruit but he insisted that I take them and try to eat one. They did indeed smell different from any I’d ever seen before.
Wow! These were quite sweet and delicious! I liked them so well that I went to Kroger’s the next week to buy some more. Big mistake. The grapefruit sold in midwestern stores is so horrible; the only thing they’re good for is to throw at stray dogs.
Apparently the fruit they ship north is picked green so it will haul better in the trucks. Same with tomatoes. They’ve developed a technology to spray green tomatoes with a chemical that makes them turn color and look like they’re ripe. When you cut into one you’ll discover that they’re un-ripe and hard as golf balls with no taste. (But they look nice in the store.)
I just cut a pink grapefruit for the Mrs. and it looked like a good one. One taste though and it went into the dustbin. That thing was bitter as quinine; much like trying to eat a green persimmon. People in Florida like grapefruit. I’d rather try to eat some acorns. Yech!
Yellow grapefruit is notorious for rotting one's teeth because of all of the acid, so don't eat too much!
Me thinks it's not green grapefruit that you're after but a pomelo--they're good eating! From the citation in the link:
"The pomelo tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit, though the typical pomelo is much larger in size than the grapefruit. It has very little, or none, of the common grapefruit's bitterness, but the enveloping membranous material around the segments is bitter, considered inedible, and thus usually discarded."
As an aside, I think it's ethylene gas that's used to control the ripening of foodstuffs.
I had a couple of grapefruit trees at my place when I lived in Havana. Tree ripened, they were sweet and delicious with just a touch of the typical grapefuit bitterness. I had so many of them, however, I just tossed them in a box outside my gate for anyone to take. They didn't last long!
Also superb are tree-ripened bananas. Store bought bananas are a pathetic substitute.
I had avocados, limes, oranges, and mangos in addition to the grapefruits and bananas. The avocados falling on the roof of the house would certainly get ones' attention! The avocados I didn't give away I fed to my dog - the only way I'll eat 'em is as guacamole and too much of a good thing, etc... and since there's no dog food available in Cuba the dog appreciated it instead of his normal rice and sweet potato diet.
We grow grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes in the yard.
It takes a good five years for a tree to produce useful fruit but once it does, it just keeps coming and coming and coming: The "growing season" and the fruit-bearing season is year-around and each tree produces probably 4-6 "crops" annually.
The grapefruits aren't bitter at all, they're pretty sweet.
We also grow tangerines, dwarf oranges, kumquats, avocados, calamondins, and mangoes. All in a small suburban yard.
Calamondin is delicious -- they're like very small tangerines and really tasty.
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I am always sooooo happy when local sweet corn, tomatoes, and other veggies are available at roadside stands. The stuff that is usually sold in the grocery stores isn't worth hauling home. Too bad the other isn't available year 'round. That was probably only the case in the Garden of Eden !
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Nah, it's still the case here. We have roadside fruit and vegetable stands that are there every day except major holidays, selling everything locally produced and freshly picked, often that same morning (these guys get up very early).
Originally Posted by AG3Y
That especially applies to the stands that are right next to orchards and groves. It's where we get all our strawberries and lots of stuff.
Of course the L.A. Farmers Market is open 365 days a year and everything there is fresh grown and transported by the farmers every day, from apples to zucchinis.
Hey... that made me chuckle ! Seems like the residents of CA are as proud of their state as Texans are of TX ! Ya know, everythings bigger in Texas.
We know about this hard as golf balls fruit they sell in supermarkets in the UK. Somebody, somewhere, grows tomatoes for the UK market which are a special F2 variety, they have absolutely no taste, in fact they're bitter, and the skins are almost as thick as oranges. There is no comparison with a home grown tomato