Pomelos (citrus maxima), along with citrons and mandarins are one of the primary ancestors of all citrus fruit. It is also the largest citrus fruit – pomelos can weigh up to almost 5kg and get as large as up to almost 30cm in diameter!
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POMELO
Despite its similarities to grapefruit (itself a hybrid of a pomelo), pomelos are sweeter and have only a hint of the bitterness that grapefruit are usually associated with. So what else distinguishes pomelos from other citrus fruits?
- The exaggerated portions of the pomelo make it unique in the citrus family: they can range from 15cm to 30cm in diameter.
- Pomelos display a greenish yellow to an orange tint, similar to grapefruit.
- The flesh of the pomelo is typically white, but can also be a light pink.
- The membranous material around the segments are typically discarded as it is bitter and considered inedible.
HOW TO PEEL A POMELO
The peel of a pomelo can be up to a few centimetres thick, so peeling one is no easy feat! Here is a step-by-step guide of our favourite way to get to a juicy pomelo!