pomeloSweet and slightly tart, the pomelo has the flavor of a very mild grapefruit.

pomelo slicesThe Pomelo looks like very giant, light green, grapefruit. Pomelos are native to Asia and seem to be the ancient relatives of the grapefruit. They can range in size from something similar to cantaloupe size up to about 25 pounds. They have very thick pith, which is the white stuff just below the surface. The pith can be inches thick depending on the size of the pomelo in question. They tend to have sweeter fruit, with a sweet tartpith and a slightly more bitter skin. The pomelo can also be found growing wild in Fiji and nearby islands.

pomelo openFrom a culinary perspective, it can be used anywhere that one would use a grapefruit, just count on the flavor being slightly more mild. They can be peeled and pieced similarly to their citrusy cousins, so can be tossed in salads, broiled with a hint of sugar, or juiced. They can be eaten raw and make a great snack.

From a health perspective, pomelos possess all the goodness of their grapefruit relatives. They are one of the most hydrating fruit choices, second only to watermelon and contain ample amounts of vitamin C and fiber. They are a great resource for athletes because they are high in potassium and other vital minerals.
Research suggests that they are helpful in regulating blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and decreasing the potential for arterial plaque and other cardiovascular issues. For a while, like the grapefruit, the pomelo was touted as a weight loss gem; in fact, research suggests that this might just be true. The phytonutrients, hydrating qualities, and fiber all contribute to balancing metabolic function for most people