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What Is It?
A fairly large citrus hybrid between a frua mandarin and a sweet pomelo (hence ‘mandelo’). Despite the common name ‘cocktail grapefruit,’ it is not actually a true grapefruit.
Sweet, mildly sour (subacid)
Cocktail Grapefruit, Mandalo.
Specialty Grocery Stores, Fruit Markets, Conventional Grocery Stores (See “Need More Detail” section below regarding the names used in stores)
Brightly coloured, firm, and heavy fruits. Some green colouring is normal, and does not indicate under-ripe fruit.
Difficulty: Low – Easy to peel and juice. Unlike grapefruit or pomelo, the membranes are quite thin. The numerous seeds need to be strained or removed if using the juice or whole segments.
Most popular in their uncooked state, but as with most citrus, the fruit and the juice can be cooked or baked with. The zest can be used to for it’s orange-like flavour. The entire peel can be cooked/candied/preserved.
Ripen: Room Temperature
Short Term: Refrigerate
Long Term: Not recommended unless dried or preserved
Sweet; Slightly Sour – Mandarin-like overtones with hints of sour and herbal pomelo or grapefruit. The scent of the zest is likewise somewhere between a mandarin orange and a pomelo.
The juice can be approximated with two parts tangerine/mandarin juice and one part grapefruit juice (see “Need More Detail?” below).
Developed in California in the 1950s and commercialized fairly recently, mandelo does not feature prominently in any cuisines around the world. Nonetheless, it is unique and locally popular.
Savory: Salty flavours (e.g. soy sauce), scallion, ginger, radish
Sweet: Cinnamon, ginger, milk chocolate
None, but note issues with inconsistent naming.
Extremely high in Vitamin C.
For a full nutritional profile, click Need More Detail? below
The fruit is entirely edible or usable, including the skin (zest and pith), flesh/juice, and seeds.
Health & Science
– As with grapefruit (and many other citrus), mandelos may interact with certain classes of drugs.
Organic vs. Conventional
Both organic and conventionally grown mandelos are available, though availability may be limited.