There is an old Barbadian legend
telling us that the "Grapefruit" was first developed in Barbados, in
the beautiful Welchman Hall Gully and was first recorded in the eighteenth century.
It's parents were Shaddock and Sweet Orange, immigrants from across the Asian
Sea. A natural cross-pollination was produced between Shaddock and Sweet Orange.
As a result, the "Forbidden Fruit" (as it was named many moons ago)
was born for the first time! The name was changed to "Grapefruit" because
it grows in large "grape-like clusters". This original Barbadian fruit
has now become a world wide favourite. The BTE is proud to have the "grapefruit"
as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados!
It is delicious when cut in half, segmented and sprinkled with Angostura Bitters,
(made in a neighbouring island, Trinidad).
Margaret P. M Bourne,