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Near Ellenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit /

Grapefruit Introduced to Florida in 1846

 
 
Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 27, 2013
1. Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit Marker Side 1
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Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit
Across U.S. 301 stood the Kimball C. Atwood Grapefruit Grove and Manavista, a town that he founded in 1892 and encircled with 100 (mile-long) rows of trees. Here in 1913 grove supervisor R.B. Foster found a biological mutation of Pink-fleshed fruit growing on a single limb of a Walters Seedless yellow-fruited grapefruit tree. Citrus growers later labeled the oddity "nature's million dollar mistake." Reasoner Brothers Royal Palm Nurseries grafted budwood from this source onto orange stock, resulting in the 1914 introduction "Foster Seedless Pink Grapefruit." Texas bought its original trees from this Oneco nursery in the 1920s.

Grapefruit Introduced to Florida in 1846
Grapefruit reached the New World in 1696 after crossing the Pacific in a ship commanded by Captain Shaddock. The fruit was introduced to the island of Barbados in the West Indies and became known as the pomelo and shaddock, the latter after the importer. Names were later changed to "grapefruit" because it grows in clusters, like a grape. The next moves were Jamaica and Cuba and from there Count Odet Philippe introduced grapefruit to Florida in 1846 to what is now Safety Harbor in Pinellas County. In 1963, he was elected to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame located in Winter
Grapefruit Introduced to Florida in 1846 Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 27, 2013
2. Grapefruit Introduced to Florida in 1846 Marker Side 2
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Erected 1999 by Manatee County Historical Society.
 
Location. 27° 31.287′ N, 82° 32.781′ W. Marker is near Ellenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on U.S. 301 just east of 16th Ave. E., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palmetto FL 34221, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Craig Sugar Mill Chimney (approx. mile away); Gamble Mansion and Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gamble Sugar Cane Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Memphis Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); First Settler's Homesite (approx. 1.6 miles away); Manatee Mineral Spring (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Manatee Academy (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ellenton.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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