Foster Pink grapefruit
Citrus paradisi Macfadyen
Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC, 5/22/2008. Photo rights. C-35 left, Carrizo right, 23 year old trees.
Source: Received as budwood from George Roeding Nurseries, 1919
Parentage/origins: Originated as a limb sport in a tree of the Walters variety in an orchard near Ellenton, Florida, by R.B. Foster in 1907.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to May
Notes and observations:
3/18/1988, EMN: Very seedy; faint pink tinge in flesh; perhaps even lighter pink color than Redblush.
5/29/2009, DK & TS: Very light blush, seedy. Good flavor, with balance of sweet and tart.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit medium-large, oblate to spherical; basal furrows short, radiating; areolar ring indistinct; very seedy. Primary color pale to light yellow, but under favorable conditions rind blushed with pink, extending into the albedo. Rind medium-thick and surface smooth. Primary flesh color chamois, but under favorable conditions pink; flesh texture tender and juicy; flavor good. Medium-early in maturity.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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