Sweet grapefruits from Ray – is this a new grapefruit + orange hybrid?

Ray dropped off a bag of what looked and smelled like grapefruits from an East LA backyard garden.  They were somewhat fragile, with a delicate peel that did not keep well.  Since commercial varieties of citrus have been developed for long storage, this was a tip that this was not a grapefruit I could purchase.  When I peeled one to taste, it was very seedy (another clue that this was not a commercial variety, but perhaps a volunteer hybrid), but was also extraordinarily sweet, tasting somewhat like a naval orange with a grapefruit aroma.  Since our Co-op uses citrus seeds to make our own pectin, this was a wonderful discovery. This was marmalade super-star potential, in a peel!  Cooked with vanilla and Earl Gray tea, this turned out to be a very sweet and aromatic marmalade.  Ray, is this the next ‘pixie tangerine’, a future super star of the citrus world?


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