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Red grapefruit

Red grapefruit from Broken J Ranch in Punta Gorda.

This picture — none of my pictures I took today — does not do justice to the deliciousness of the red grapefruit I picked up at the RITC market yesterday. This particular fruit is incredibly juicy, and tastes like real grapefruit. I’ve been savoring one a day to fill up on fresh vitamins. And I don’t like grapefruit! (The white ones from the store taste bitter, and the red ones are ok but not always around, and certainly are not as intensely grapefruity as these.)

Farmer Margie got these fruit from Broken J Ranch up in Punta Gorda, not too far from Worden Farm. From time to time, other natural, unsprayed citrus from there has appeared in the CSA boxes. Long time members may recall ponkans, a kind of tangerine with loose skin (sort of the shar pei of the citrus world) which came from Broken J also.

There’s still some grapefruit to be had. Look for them at market this weekend before they’re all gone. On Wednesday, Chef Michael Schwartz stopped by the RITC market and scooped up 30 pounds of the fruit. As a result, shrimp with grapefruit, and grapefruit meringue tart have appeared on the menu for a short time, so get while the getting is good!

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