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

Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit / (HM19O2)

Location: Palmetto, FL 34221 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 31.287', W 82° 32.781'

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Grapefruit Introduced to Florida in 1846

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 Haven.
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HM NumberHM19O2
Year Placed1999
Placed ByManatee County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:58pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 347281 N 3045145
Decimal Degrees27.52145000, -82.54635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 31.287', W 82° 32.781'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 31' 17.22" N, 82° 32' 46.86" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 Riverview Ave, Palmetto FL 34221, US
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