A hybrid of the pomelo (Citrus maxima) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), grapefruit is more than just a part of your breakfast! The fruit likely originated from Jamaica and was first popularized for consumption in the West Indies before spreading to America and throughout citrus-growing areas. It’s now produced in locations throughout the world, including the United States, South Africa, Brazil, and Israel. The grapefruit tree can grow to be quite large, reaching up to 20 feet tall. It has dense foliage, and the grape-like clusters of the fruit are the source of the plant’s name.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Citrus paradisi
BOTANICAL FAMILY: Rutaceae
ADDITIONAL NAMES: When it was discovered, grapefruit was called the “forbidden fruit.”
REGIONS FOUND: South Africa, California, Mexico
EXTRACTION METHOD: Cold pressed
YL REGION: Most Young Living Grapefruit essential oil comes from Mexico and South Africa.
Grapefruit essential oil joined the Young Living family in 1994.