Duncan Grapefruit are the original grapefruit, with a white pulpy flesh and incredible flavor. This large fruit, only grown in a handful of groves, is super-sweet and dripping with juice. This variety represents the oldest grapefruit clone grown in Florida, though it was not named and introduced until about 1892. As near as can be determined, the parent seedling tree was planted around 1830 near Safety Harbor, on the Pinellas Peninsula, Florida. The seed came from a tree in the original planting made by Count Odette Phillippe, who is credited with having brought the grapefruit to Florida from the West Indies. It was named for the introducer, A. L. Duncan of nearby Dunedin.
These original Duncan Grapefruit trees were planted just down the road from our grove, and although ours are not quite that mature, some are over 60 years old and produce fruit of unsurpassed quality. Back in the 60's and 70's, many growers pushed out their old Duncan trees in favor of seedless varieties that they hoped would be more commercially viable. But when they bred out the seeds, they lost the flavor. That's why our Duncan Grapefruit are exactly as nature intended, seeded, juicy and sweet!