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Old 01-26-2005, 07:19 AM
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Grapefruit history
The grapefruit, not even 300 years old, is just a kid in the world of fruits. The offspring of the pummelo, sometimes spelled pomelo and even known as shaddock, the grapefruit may have appeared as a horticultural accident during the 1700s in Jamaica. The grapefruit might never have made a debut at all if it hadn't been for Captain Shaddock, a 17th century English ship commander who brought seeds of the pummelo from the East Indies and delivered them to the West Indies in 1693.
So the grapefruit is a New World Mutant rather than a New World Native.

Pummelo's are hard to find, but getting more common in the states. Sometimes you can get them as large as basketballs.