Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. The flavour of a pomelo can range from sweet to tart, depending on the variety that you get.
The variety that I usually find here in Ontario tastes like a sweet grapefruit, but are less juicy (which makes them less messy to eat). I always try to grab one of these when they show up at the grocery.
What is a Pomelo?
Pomelos look like a huge grapefruits, but are less bitter than white 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 fruits) to slightly dry. Some types of pomelo are tangy, tart and slightly bitter, while others are spicy-sweet in flavour.
Where to buy a Pomelo?
Many large grocery stores carry pomelos these days. If your grocery doesn’t have them, you can check an Asian market.
Like most citrus fruits, you want to buy pomelos that are firm, have a bright colour, and are heavy for their size. Avoid soft or bruised fruits.
How to use a Pomelo?
Pomelo has a spongy 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.
Once you’ve peeled your pomelo, you can eat the segments out of hand (like an orange), or toss them into salads. You can use the juice in cocktails, marinades, salad dressings or mix it into a punch. Basically, you can use it the way you would use any other citrus fruit, more or less.
How to store a Pomelo?
Pomelos will last for about a week, when stored in the fridge.