Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit that looks similar to grapefruit, but with a milder flavour. Like grapefruits, there are different varieties of pomelo that vary in shape, colour and flavour. Some pomelos are the size of a large grapefruit, while others are as large as a basketball!
The flesh of a pomelo can range from light yellow to bright pink, and the pulp can vary from juicy (although less juicy than other citrus) to slightly dry. Some types of pomelo are tangy, tart and slightly bitter, while others are spicy-sweet in flavour.
This white pomelo has a dry texture and a tart flavour. It’s a refreshing addition to salads, like this Singaporean Style Slaw, or simply eaten as is.
Pomelo has a soft rind with a thick pith, which can be peeled away with your fingers. Under that is a very sturdy bitter membrane, which can be tricky to remove. If you find that you can’t peel the membrane off the segments with your fingers or a knife, try refrigerating the pomelo for a while. The cold temperature can sometimes make the membrane easier to remove.