Grapefruit – where do they originate?

Most of the Grapefruit that are used to make GSE come from orchards, or groves as they are known locally, in sunny Florida, USA

One specific area of Florida could be said to be the home of Grapefruit. This is the Indian River district which comprises a very narrow strip of land on the eastern seaboard of Florida, stretching about 200 miles from Daytona Beach to West Palm Beach.

During the 1920’s, the fame of Indian River Grapefruit had spread to such an extent that growers of citrus in other areas of Florida began describing their fruit as “Indian River.” Not surprisingly the growers in the Indian River area became quite concerned over the misuse of their name, and eventually took legal advice to try to stop this happening.

Eventually in 1930 the Federal Trade Commission issued a “cease and desist” order prohibiting the use of the term “Indian River” on citrus not grown in the Indian River district. An Indian River Citrus League was created, and still exists today. Their website is

Now eighty years later this district produces around 75% of the total grapefruit crop grown in Florida. It is said that 3 out of every 4 grapefruit that leave Florida come from this area.