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Re: Namesake of the Duncan grapefriuts
Posted by: Christie Allen-Johnson Date: August 30, 1998 at 21:53:49
In Reply to: Namesake of the Duncan grapefriuts by Pat Duncan of 65453

TexasSweet, a company that markets Texas citrus is located in Mission, Texas in Hidalgo County. Maybe they can help, I found some information at http://www.texasweet.com/grapefruit.html

The first commercial shipment of citrus - packed in onion crates - left the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas in 1920. It was about the time of the great stock market crash in 1929 when an accidental discovery of red grapefruit growing on a pink grapefruit tree gave rise to the Texas Red Grapefruit Industry. In the late 1920's and early 1930's redder bud mutations were found in numerous groves. Each new finding was named for the grower who found it.
With several red grapefruit varieties and names being shipped commercially, keeping track of it soon became a marketing problem. So all the red varieties of fruit started being marketed under the name "Ruby". The "Ruby" Red Grapefruit was the first grapefruit to be granted a U.S. patent. Following freezes in 1949, 1951, and 1962, Texas eliminated its white and pink varieties, and set out to establish its reputation for growing the red grapefruit. During the 1970's, several important mutations found on the "Ruby" trees produced fruit even redder than the 1929 Ruby Red grapefruit. Each finding again took the name of the grower who discovered it.


Good Luck ... Christie


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