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Pomelo

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Introduction

Pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis), is the largest citrus fruit from the family Rutaceae and the principal ancestor of the grapefruit. Pomelo is native to Southeast Asia and in terms size, they are much larger than grapefruits and can weigh up to 2 kilos.


History

Pomelo is native to Asia and is cultured in many Asian countries. It is believed that it is originated from Malaysia. Later it was introduced all around the world and was planted in many different parts of the continent. It has been especially presumed to have been grown by the Chinese for thousands of years.


Regions

Pomelo is produced by many Asian countries including Japan, Thailand, China, India, Fiji, and Malaysia. Nowadays, it is also produced in the Caribbean, Florida, and California. 


Flavours & Texture

Pomelo tastes like grapefruit but they have a more delicate, floral taste than grapefruits. In general, it is not particularly sweet or tart. In terms of their texture, pomelos have edible segments that are separated by thick and hard membranes. These membranes tend to be very bitter, so they need to be avoided. 


Preparation

Peel off the rind and then remove the membranes in the same way that you would an orange. You can also cut it into quarters or eighths and eat it with a spoon, just like a grapefruit. You eat it raw or you can use it in fruit salads, juice, jams or in smoothies.


Nutritional Value

Pomelo is very low in calories and it doesn’t contain any fat. They are also a good source of fiber, iron, and potassium. 

 

Calories per 100 g

38 kcal

Fat

0 g

Carbohydrate

9.6 g

Fiber

1 g

Protein

0.8 g

Iron

1 % of the RDI

Potassium 

5 % of the RDI