What in the Heck is a Pomelo?

Day 24 of the 31 Day Challenge

Day 24 of the 31 Day Challenge

Pomelo

Pomelo

I have walked right by these huge fruit every fruit every time I go to the grocery store.  What is it and why is it so big?  I thought for sure it was just a gigantic grapefruit and who needs a grapefruit that big? A pomelo, also called a shaddock pummelopommelo, buoi, or lusho fruit, is a member of the citrus family.  We tried one in school last week during fruit day or I never would have ventured there. Turns out it is so much better than a grapefruit.   It is delicious.  It is sweet and juicy and has none of the bitterness or astringency of a grapefruit.  You can read all about them here.   They have a thick rind, and each segment of fruit is surrounded by a tough bitter skin. They should be yellow, heavy and firm to the touch.   Interesting, a tangelo is a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo.  A grapefruit is thought to be a cross between a pomelo and an orange. 

It's huge!

It's huge!

You can see how big it is in the picture above, compared with a quarter. Seeing how thick the rind is and how big it is, it is hard to know how to get into it.  I did a supreme, (you can see a demonstration in this post) where you cut off all the skin and then cut out the segments. It was okay but I lost a lot of fruit.  I should have watched the video below. It is actually pretty easy and this is how I eat a grapefruit. I should have thought of it.   

Here is what my plate looked like when I finished. I ate the whole thing!  I only bought one, but wish I had picked up a couple more. I will definitely get some this week.  I'd love to know if you eat them or if you try it! 

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