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Summary
ProduceEgypt Grapefruits
Common NameGrapes
VarietiesStar Ruby
Size 10-15 centimeters in diameter
Packing Specification Open Top Carton and Plastic Box, according to the clients' request
Season November-January
Transport conditions 12°c to 14°c, depending on the variety 5°c and above carrying temperature maximum, if loading into a container.

The grapefruit is often referred to as “the forbidden fruit” because its cross-breed was accidental. It is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and contains antioxidant properties. The fruit contains 91% water, making it an excellent hydrating fruit. The Egypt grapefruit can be eaten fresh, produced into juice, or even used in salads.

The Egypt grapefruit is a large segmented acidic, tangy citrus fruit with an aromatic flavor and whose appearance is like that of an orange. The said flavors range from sour to sweet. The inner pulp of the fruit differs in color and sweetness, with the pulp color range being red, white, and pink. The peel is yellow-orange in color. 

Its first appearance was in the 18th century due to cross-breeding between the Indonesian Pomelo and the Jamaican Sweet Orange. The fruit is said to have originated from Barbados around 1750 till the 19th century. Initially, it was referred to as Shaddock but was later changed to Grapefruit because it grows in clusters like grapes do. The Egypt grapefruit tree very much resembles the Sweet Orange tree. Often, it grows to around 5-6 meters tall and sometimes 13-15 meters. Its fruit diameter ranges between 10-15 centimeters; the leaves are dark green with a glossy appearance and can measure to 15 centimeters long. Its flowers are four-petaled, with each petal measuring 5 centimeters.

Grapefruits are cultivated in small areas in Egypt, all totaling up to approximately 117 hectares of Egyptian grapefruit land.

Egypt produces the dark red grapefruit, also called Star ruby. They are shaped like the orange fruit and have a bright orange skin color. This is a seedless and bittersweet variety that ripens between November and January. 

The Egypt date fruit tree grows in a broad range of soils, but it does well in soil with good drainage, low salt content, and slightly acidic PH. It prefers a climate with low or moderate rainfall with the cold winter season and a warm to hot, dry summer.

Egypt grapefruits get harvested when they are ripe, preferably when the color is yellow or gold since they don’t ripen after picking. Some farmers leave the fruit on the tree longer to get them sweeter and more substantial. Grapefruit trees often produce fruits on their third year after planting, and any fruit produced before then gets discarded. The fruits are stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Shelf-life is between 6-8 weeks, depending on the variety. Egypt exports grapefruits to The Gulf Region via sea shipment or air shipment under 12°c-14°c temperature conditions.

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