Florida consistently claims leadership among the four above-mentioned states in terms of highest and most profitable levels of grapefruit production.Texas nevertheless confers upon the grapefruit a hallowed status as a special edible which cooperates in making year-round fresh supplies available for year-round customer demand. The lone star state in fact has the grapefruit in its delectable, juicy, seedless red form as the official state fruit.
Specifically, on May 17, 1993, then Governor Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) signed House Concurrent Resolution No. 75 of the 73rd Texas State Legislature:
"WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized a variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of the proud spirit and heritage of our state; and
WHEREAS, The bluebonnet, the pecan tree, and the mockingbird are examples of natural specimens that serve to exemplify the great diversity of the Texas landscape, while the state dish, chili, fittingly represents another aspect of our shared culture as Texans; and
WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of the Texas Red Grapefruit as the official State Fruit of Texas will provide suitable recognition for this outstanding food resource; and
WHEREAS, First discovered by Texas citrus growers in 1929, this variety of grapefruit has been carefully nurtured and perfected over time and is renowned for its sweetness and rich, red interior; and
WHEREAS, As nutritious as it is palate pleasing, the Texas Red Grapefruit contains no fat or sodium, lowers high levels of blood cholesterol, boosts iron absorption, is low in calories, and is rich in vitamin C; and
WHEREAS, This delicious fruit also is a boon to the state economy, generating more revenue than any other tree fruit produced within our borders; and
WHEREAS, As distinctive as the proud state from which it originates, the Texas Red Grapefruit will serve as a fitting emblem for the bounties of nature with which our state is blessed; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 73rd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the Texas Red Grapefruit as the official State Fruit of Texas."