Israel Sweetie Grapefruit-Pomelo


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Sweetie is, as the name suggests, a sweet grapefruit with a lack of the bitterness associated with White Marsh Seedless. Generally, it has approximately 2% higher brix and 0.6% lower acid than Marsh, so is a very attractive option for consumers with a sweeter tooth. The fruit is similar in shape and size to Marsh Seedless but has a distinctively green peel even when internally mature. The peel will develop a yellow colour if left to hang on the tree, but the green colour has been used successfully to distinguish the fruit for consumers.

Sweetie is very popular in Japan. The sweetness does not result in higher calories in the fruit, as it is the low acids that result in the taste difference.

Sweetie is a great option for consumers who do not enjoy the bitterness of standard grapefruit.

Sweetie is the result of a hybrid cross made in Israel between an acidless pomelo and a Marsh-type grapefruit (very similar to the cross that produced Oroblanco in California). The variety was released in 1984.