Are you also seeing all these pomelos around, even got one or two as a present from Chinese friends and landlords but still wondering what is it and how to actually eat it?
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So, first I tried it in smoothies: WRONG! The peel, which I obviously didn’t take off, makes the most gross feeling in your mouth, trust me. Not an option.
Then, I thought it was a great idea to juice it: WRONG AGAIN! Although I even added two oranges’ juice, the taste was nothing but nice so when I got tired of having the third one standing over my fridge for weeks, I decided it was about time to make some researches. Here you are my very interesting discoveries:
Pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis) is a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white, pink or red flesh and very thick albedo. It is the largest citrus fruit, 15–25 centimetres in diameter and usually weighing 1–2 kilograms.
The word for pomelo in Chinese is homophonous with that for “blessing,” and thus the fruit is considered auspicious. Since pomelo season coincides with Mid-Autumn Festival, this sweet fruit has naturally become a part of the festivities. In the olden days, after adults have peeled out the edible fruit, children used to stick candles in the middle of the skin (peeled to resemble an open flower). Mischievous ones may even use them as a hat over the head or as footballs!
Anyway, the most common use is to have it raw in green salads or fruit salsas; it is also good with fish (you can make some creams and sauces) especially in Thai cuisine.
Here you can find the video of a Thailand chef on how to peal it; you do need to watch it before making my same mistakes!
As you can see, it may take some time to obtain the eatable fruit, so why should you go trough all these troubles just to eat something similar to a grapefruit? Well, in addition to adding some variety to your diet, pomelo is good because it is not only rich in vitamin C, carotene, lower heat, but also have adjuvant treatment for diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other diseases.