Texas has the distinction of being the home of red grapefruit varieties. It started in 1929 when a Ruby Red was found growing on a pink grapefruit tree. Since that time, Texas scientists have developed even deeper red varieties, like our Rio Red, with that distinctly sweet taste and juiciness that people have come to expect from Texas. 


Our Tropic Moon grapefruit is grown in the semi-tropical area known as the Rio Grande Valley near the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Our citrus groves benefit from the rich delta soils irrigated by the Rio Grande river and the warmer temperatures that come from being one of the most southernmost parts of the United States. The high humidity in this coastal area also produces a very thin-skinned and extremely juicy (heavy for its size) piece of fruit. Because our grapefruit is grown near the Texas coast, sometimes the Gulf breezes do cause surface scarring on the peel. These “beauty marks” are only on the outside and do not affect the inside quality of the fruit at all.


Texas Rio Red Grapefruit


Here at Edinburg Citrus Association, we also test our fruit to make sure it meets our high standard of sweetness and juiciness before it’s packed in our recognizable labels. We leave it on the tree until it is ordered to insure the freshest fruit for the customer. It’s our goal to make sure you get the best quality every time you open up your order. 


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Fun Facts about Texas Grapefruit

National Month
February is National Grapefruit Month.

Grapefruits have tons of Vitamin C
When you eat whole Grapefruits you get more than 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C for a

2,000-calorie diet since one whole fruit contains 88mg of Vitamin C and you only need 66mg.

State Fruit
Red Grapefruit is the state fruit of Texas! It has been official since 1993.

Texas Grapefruit is the sweetest
Texas Red Grapefruit is known for being the sweetest Grapefruit variety on the market.

Texas Grapefruit ships about 7 months out of the year
Our season starts up in October and usually ends in April.