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What Is It?
The large, sweet, thick-skinned fruit a species of citrus (family Rutaceae). Pomelos have been crossed to produce numerous citrus hybrids, most notably grapefruit.
Sweet/Sour/Bitter, acidic (juice), highly fragrant
Pommelo, Pummelo, Shaddock, Shaddick, Pamplemousse, Citrus grandis.
Asian Grocery Stores, Conventional Grocery Stores, Fruit Markets
Fruits that feel dense for their size, with an unblemished and fragrant peel.
Difficulty: Low to Moderate – The extremely thick rind is fairly easy to peel. The membranes around the fruit segments are too tough to eat and should be peeled, but this too is relatively simple.
Generally eaten raw, though it can be cooked or incorporated into desserts/preserves. The zest can be used like any other citrus. The thick pith can be used (with preparation) as a vegetable.
Ripen: Room Temperature
Short Term: Refrigerate
Sweet/Sour/Bitter; Grapefruit-like with an herbal, bitter character. Sourness can vary a great deal from fruit to fruit and between varieties.
Sweet grapefruit makes a fairly good substitute, though it tends to be much juicier than pomelo. Melogold makes a good replacement, but is generally harder to find than pomelo (see “Need More Detail?” below).
Popular in East and Southeast Asia and well suited to those flavour palettes.
Savory: Herbs, bitter greens, raw mild onion, soy-based sauces
Sweet: Cardamom, cinnamon (when used in small quantities)
Pomelos can be pink-fleshed and white-fleshed, with multiple varieties within each category (see “Need More Detail?” below). Pink pomelos are often juicier and sweeter.
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. Membranes separating the segments are technically edible, but are usually too tough.
Health & Science
As with grapefruit (and many other citrus), pomelos may interact with certain classes of drugs.
Organic vs. Conventional
Both organic and conventionally grown pomelos are available, though availability may be limited.