Pomelo Tips

A pomelo is a large elongated citrus fruit that can vary in size from that of a large grapefruit to 12 inches in diameter and weigh up to 25 pounds. It is in fact the largest citrus fruit there is, and considered one of the most expensive fruits you can purchase. The one I purchased cost $1.49 for a fruit that was the size of a large grapefruit. It definitely was not a frugal choice, but I enjoyed it, and compared to purchasing a bag of cookies, a sweet deal.

Fresh Pomelo - Tips from Healthy Diet Habits

Pomelo Facts:

  • They taste like a sweet grapefruit that needs no sugar, without the grapefruit bitterness.

  • A grapefruit is a cross between this fruit, and an orange, and a tangelo is a cross between this fruit, and a tangerine.

  • Covered with a very thick light green skin that turns slightly yellow when it's ripe. The skin can be up to 2 inches thick.

  • They are a great source of Vitamin C.

  • They are grown around, or near the tropics like other citrus fruits. They grow well in California and Florida.

  • They ripen in the winter months, and are picked while they are ripe.

  • The fruit is coral pink and can vary from dry to juicy and sweet to slightly tart, depending on the variety. The honey variety is seedless.

  • The heavier the fruit, the juicier it will be.

  • Purchase ones with firm, smooth peels, rather than ones that feel rough or have soft mushy spots.

  • Search for fruits that have a faint grapefruit smell.

  • They are low in calories, 100 grams is 38 calories only.

  • Store fruits in the refrigerator where they will keep for 6 to 8 weeks. They can be left on your counter and eaten at room temperature, if you will eat them within a week.

  • The skin is difficult to remove, and I found preparing the fruit to be a lot of work.

  • They are slightly elongated. To start to peel them, use a sharp knife and slice into the top of the fruit about 2 inches from the top. Once the top is removed, score the fruit downward several times and then peel these sections from the fruit. You could also peel them like an apple, around in a circle pattern.

  • I would recommend slicing them in half like a grapefruit and eating them that way. You could enjoy the fruit, without all of the work.

  • I would use them in any citrus salad recipes.

  • Below is a great video on how to actually cut and peel a pomelo. Notice how thick the skin is. The peeled fruit is not that much bigger than a grapefruit. The skin and segment dividers are much thicker than a grapefruit and it is necessary to peel them away to enjoy the fruit. 

A great lifestyle solution is to add new fruits and vegetables to your diet. Don't get stuck in the fruit rut of apples, oranges and bananas. I have a friend that lived in the Philippines for many years, and she always purchased a pomelo as a treat for her husband! She raved about them! Would I rave about them? Probably not, but I can say that I enjoyed trying a new fruit. I will stick with the healthy diet habit of including half of a grapefruit with my breakfast. It's a little cheaper and easier!

Pomelo slices - Tips from Healthy Diet Habits

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