Grapefruit is known for a tart, sweet, and simultaneously bitter aftertaste. This sophisticated flavor profile is why it is appealing to cannabis connoisseurs with discerning palates - even more so, the delivery of happy, uplifted, and energetic effects.
The Forbidden Fruit's Rise to Fame
The Grapefruit cannabis strain was named after the subtropical citrus delight bearing the same name and flavor profile. Despite being dubbed as the forbidden fruit, many people willfully "sin" just to have a taste of its complex yet delightful flavor.
Grapefruit started hitting the shelves sometime during the 80s. At first, it was not given much attention due to its lackluster appearance. However, come the early 2000s, its unique flavor soon piqued the interest of cannabis connoisseurs who grew satiated with the usual smell and taste of popular strains at that time.
Seasoned consumers know for a fact that an earthy flavor is a certainty no matter the strain. But with Grapefruit, the sour yet bittersweet flavor cuts out the ashy taste. Far from the usual experience, every hit of Grapefruit's smoke assaults the palate with a tart, tangy flavor, leaving an inexplicably delightful aftertaste best described as spicy tea. Today, Grapefruit remains popular in the West Coast and Colorado.
What Gives Grapefruit Its Unique Flavor?
One of the many ways of identifying a cannabis strain is through sensory cues. In particular, cultivars emit a distinctive aroma and flavor courtesy of the naturally-occurring terpenes. These aromatic hydrocarbons (some people refer to it as essential oils) are nature's spice kits that determine how marijuana buds smell or taste.
In the case of Grapefruit strains, it is made up of a potpourri of terpenes that gives it a sophisticated scent and flavor profile.
- Limonene. It is the most abundant terpene found in citrusy strains. This terpene is what gives Grapefruit its fresh, fruity scent reminiscent of lemon rinds.
- Beta-Caryophyllene. This terpene, commonly found in black pepper, rosemary, is also abundant cannabis. It is responsible for Grapefruit's spicy and somewhat herbal aftertaste.
- Myrcene. Grapefruit has fair amounts of this earthy terpene, which is why every hit has a detectable earthy, musky flavor.
- Linalool. This terpene is responsible for the faint traces of floral fragrances in Grapefruit strains.
- Beta-Pinene. It is the monoterpene that gives Grapefruit its woody, pine-like scent and flavor.
- Alpha-terpinene. Often used in making perfumes or as a flavoring, this monoterpene gives off a sharp, woody scent along with pronounced lemony-citrus notes.
It is said that the first Grapefruit comes in two distinct varieties. Both are Sativa-dominant strains, but with different lineage.
The first one is BC Grapefruit, which comes from a clone of an unknown genetic first discovered by a breeder from Spice of Life named Steve. It gained some traction during the 80s. But, since it is a clone-only strain, its popularity soon waned, and true BC Grapefruit became scarce. Other breeders did try to create seeds by backcrossing, but it was not as popular as the other variety.
The other Grapefruit is a cross between Cinderella 99 and an unknown Sativa landrace from Thailand.
In many ways, Grapefruit is the perfect strain when you wake up and need energy and a boost in your mood.
The Grapefruit craze caught on about two decades ago - thanks to its sophisticated flavor profile and energetic high. Since then, its unique qualities have inspired breeders to create hybrids with the same but improved traits. Such practices are continuously diversifying the ever-expanding genealogical tree of cannabis strains.
Some of the best descendants of Grapefruit are:
These cultivars have differing effects and flavor profiles due to the differences in the genetics of the other parent. What is sure, though, is that these descendants retain a dash of the trademark high and the well-loved acrid taste of Grapefruit.
Mouthwatering Grapefruit Strains Worth Trying
If you are not a morning person, chances are, waking up fully energized early in the morning is a rare occurrence to you. Fortunately, with Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s mouthwatering Grapefruit strains, starting the day with vigor and enthusiasm is now entirely possible. Feel an exhilarating rush with every puff of its delightfully fruity vapors. However, do note that these strains are also reasonably potent, so dosing in moderation is always the best way of enjoying the Grapefruit experience.
For perpetual harvest and constant supply of these fruity buds, consider growing your stash with Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s premium feminized and autoflowering seeds. Given its superior and stabilized genetics, it ensures that nurturing humble seeds into irresistible buds will be a straightforward and delightful process.
Satisfy cravings for tropical delights while pumping up energy levels by savoring Grapefruit buds. It pleases the senses with a refreshing blend of zesty, earthy and skunky aroma complemented by the perfect combination of a sweet, tangy, and slightly bitter aftertaste. With whopping THC levels of up to 25%, expect to get swept by a flood of uplifting, energetic buzz perfect for spicing up dull mornings and beating the deadlines while basking in euphoria.
Homegrown Cannabis Co. offers this cross between Cinderella 99 and an unnamed fruity Sativa as feminized and autoflowering varieties.
Cultivating feminized Grapefruit seeds is a task better left to dedicated growers as it demands plenty of time and attention. To ensure healthy development, make sure to feed the plants regularly with all the essential nutrients. Also, it is susceptible to molds, so keep an eye on humidity levels and prune the foliage frequently to prevent moisture buildup. After 4 to 5 weeks in the vegetative phase and another 8 to 9 weeks of flowering indoors, expect a hefty reward of 500 g/sqm of sticky, crystal-coated buds.
Outdoor growing is also a possibility if the weather is suitable enough. When cultivated in a warm, dry, and sunny patch of land, each plant yields about 300 grams of top-quality kush.
Meanwhile, if you fancy Grapefruit's traits but lacks the patience to wait long, then choose Grapefruit Autoflower. This variety makes use of the finest Ruderalis genetics to convert the original photoperiod Grapefruit into an auto. Aside from fortifying its resistance against molds and pests, it also significantly fast-tracks the growth rate of the plant. In just about 8 to 10 weeks after germination, 400-600 grams of buds per square meter will be ready for harvest. Meanwhile, alfresco gardening yields 300 grams of gluey buds per plant.
Sweet-toothed connoisseurs can rejoice upon tasting Zkittles' candy-like vapors. Much like a mouthful of mixed-fruit candies, this cannabis treat delights the palate with Grapefruit's trademark sour citrus tang and Grape Ape's sweet berry flavor. However, do not let its sweetness trick you into thinking that it causes a sugar rush, for it does quite the opposite. Although Zkittles does inspire a fleeting euphoric mental flight, it is best relished hours before bedtime as it induces heavy Indica effects.
Cultivation-wise, Zkittles seeds are available at Homegrown Cannabis Co., both as a feminized and autoflowering variety.
Given its Indica dominance, feminized Zkittles seeds are naturally bushy and sturdy. Its thick foliage needs frequent manicuring to ensure proper airflow and prevent mold attacks. Not to worry, though, for even amateurs can perform such tasks with ease. When given adequate TLC, each square meter can crop up about 500 grams of buds after a short flowering period of 6 to 8 weeks. Meanwhile, each sun-grown plants produces 450 grams of fresh buds.
On the other hand, the autoflowering Zkittles offers a faster way of turning seeds into buds. While it does retain all the other traits of its feminized sister, such as the effects, taste, and fragrance, this auto variety is sturdier than ever. Moreover, since it does not require light management, it is easier and faster to grow. In fact, the whole process takes 8 to 10 weeks from germination to harvest. Indoors, expect up to 500 grams of yields per square meter. When allowed to bathe under the sun, each plant produces 100-300 grams of beautiful nugs.