Mary Lang’s Grapefruit Pie by Lang Sun Country Groves / A Taste of Florida Cafe

Mary Lang’s Grapefruit Pie Recipe
by Lang Sun Country Groves / A Taste of Florida Cafe

Did somebody say pie? Grapefruits are in season, why not make a grapefruit pie?

What began as a fruit stand, selling citrus to passersby has become a Central Florida staple: Lang Sun Country Groves and A Taste of Florida Café.

Opened in 1951 by Mary Lang, the business is now run by Debbie Brozio, Lang’s granddaughter. Locals and visitors alike come back year after year to the seasonal cafe, which opened rather unexpectedly in 2004, for its menu of various soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. As well, they can order and ship citrus.

But one of the main draws to the café, which also houses a gift shop, is its signature and “world famous” grapefruit pie. Appearing on the Travel Channel’s show Epicurious in 2005, Mary Lang’s recipe has won taste competitions. Find the recipe below and also on the website:

Lang Sun Country Groves / A Taste of Florida Café is located at 5900 US Highway 17 92 W., between Haines City and Lake Alfred. It is open October through May, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mary Lang’s Grapefruit Pie

Yield: 8 servings
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Refrigerate: 2 to 3 hours


– 1 (6 ounce) graham cracker crust
– 2 large or 3 medium red Lang grapefruit, sectioned
– 1 cup sugar
– 3 tablespoons cornstarch
– 1 1/2 cups water
– 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
– 1 (8 ounce) container frozen non dairy whipped topping, thawed


Arrange grapefruit sections in graham cracker crust. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add water and cook over medium heat until thick and clear. Add gelatin and stir to dissolve. Let cool slightly. Pour gelatin over grapefruit sections in crust. Refrigerate until firm. Top with whipped topping.

Mary Lang’s Grapefruit Pie recipe and photo provided by Debbie Brozio, owner of Lang Sun Country Groves / A Taste of Florida Café.