Grapefruit Peel, Citrus x paradisi, is from the same common grapefruit that many of us have had at breakfast for years. A subtropical citrus tree known for its semi-sweet to sour fruit, it is actually a hybrid that originated in Barbados as an accidental cross between two introduced species - the sweet orange (Citrus sinesis) and the pomelo (Citrus maxima), both of which were introduced to Barbados from Asia in the late 1600s.
A great time saver when it comes to baking or brewing, our Dried Grapefruit Peel (when rehydrated) is just as flavorful as freshly grated grapefruits. Our U.S. grown, top quality granulated Grapefruit Zest is made from the outer peel, and not the pith (the white part of the rind). The grapefruit peel is then minced and dried which captures all of the essential oils. The outer peel is the part of the grapefruit that contains the highest amount of oil, which is why it is used in baking.