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Sep 18, 2010 09:18 AM

Where do I find white grapefruit?

I have no problems finding pink or ruby grapefruit, but it's been months since I've been able to purchase a white grapefruit. I've looked everywhere:
- Fiesta Farms;
- Fruit places on Roncesvalles;
- Fruit places in St. Lawrence Market;
- T&T;
- Fruit places on Bloor between Ossington and Lansdowne.

I used to get them at the grocery store in the Manulife, but they haven't had any since they opened following the renovations.

Did something happen to the white grapefruit, like some kind of disease or something?

St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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  1. Yes Virginia, there is a season. wait till Xmas. Better yet, wait to February- March. The pinks are imported from the southern hemisphere. Probably not enough demand at the premium price for imports, and not so good grapefruit at that.

    Forget about foie gras on Pacific salmon. Just seasonal is just fine.

    1. I'm having the same problem. Grapefruit is in season, pink and red grapefruits are everywhere, but where is the white grapefruit?

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      1. re: strangeattractor

        I havern't seen any for about 3 years, I don't think it's even imported anymore. It turns out that red and pink varities have a bit more of all the good things you want in a grapefruit, in addition to lycopene.

        1. re: foodyDudey

          But not the delicously bitter taste! Where oh where is my white grapefruit!??

      2. Agreed, I vastly prefer white or yellow grapefruit but since consumers want the less-bitter pink kind now, no one is bothering to grow the yellow kind. The same thing happened with corn: everyone went crazy for peaches and cream (which I think is lousy: it's sweet like candy and popular because people are so sugar addicted now, but it has almost no corn flavour). Most growers no longer plant traditional yellow corn and highly favour modified strains that are even sweeter. I don't think we'll see a big resurgence of white grapefruit, even though it has a ton more flavour.

        1. I just bought a couple last week. If I recall correctly, I got them at Al Premium near Warden/Eglinton East. They were 2 for $1 an they were great. It was juicy and flavourful and sweeter than the normal ruby ones.

          I will head over tomorrow to make sure that's where I got them and restock some more.

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          1. re: ragged25

            Did you see a sign calling them white grapefruit? I am asking as I have bought some in the past few weeks from stores near my house with a label that says "Ruby grapefruit" but when I cut them open, they look yellowish. They are slightly bitter and sweet, not like a white grapefruit which were so tart when I was younger, that they actually needed sugar on them.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              They were definitely labelled as white grapefruits. Like I said, I will double check tomorrow and let you know. I ate the flesh only and they were not tart nor too bitter, but rather sweet but the grapefruit flavour was there. I'll post a picture if I find them again.

          2. Found them. Here are some pics. 2 for $1. I just had one, they are a little more tart and bitter than the one I had a couple of days ago, but not enough to want to add sugar/honey. They are very juicy as well.