The Many Joys of Pomelos
If pressed to chose a favorite fruit it would be a hard toss up between pomello (Citrus grandis [or maxima depending on who you ask]) and ugli fruit (Citrus reticulata x paradisi). I never eat a ton of them because 1) they’re usually pretty expensive, 2) the season is not very long (late December – mid February at best) and 3) they’re not cheap, but they sure are tasty. I’ll profile ugli fruit later, this post is all about the pomelo. I love pomelos. I love the color (that particular shade of yellow-green is one of my favorites), I love the taste, I love the smell, I love everything about them!
The first thing most people notice about them is the size. It was what drew me to them initially. I really wanted to know what the giant green soccer ball in the produce section was. I was quite excited for such a massive fruit, so me being the nerd I was I went home and researched it first (I was young! I didn’t have money to burn! Ok…mostly I’m just a giant dork) and decided that it seemed intriguing enough to try.
About 50% of the fruit is pith and therefor not edible. This particular fruit was $1.49 a pound and cost me $3.50 so you are kind of paying a lot for a fruit that is half inedible. I haven’t actually bothered to weigh out the left over pith but it’s very light and spongy so I can’t imagine it makes up even close to half the weight of the fruit.
Now on to the good part! The flavor of it is the real reason to buy it. It’s like the smoothest grapefruit you’ll ever eat. The flavor is extremely similar to a grapefruit only it lacks any hint of bitterness what so ever. I really don’t know why this hasn’t been exploited as a juice fruit, it is so much better tasting (to me) than grapefruit juice is. The fruits are really juicy too! The 1/4 piece yeilded half a cup of juice just from the left over pieces I couldn’t cut out with my grapefruit spoon.
Another downside is that the membrane between the segments is really thick and not convenient to eat making it kind of a pain. All said and done if someone bred a pomelo with less rind and thinner membranes I think this would be the best fruit everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (yes all those r’s are necessary).
And for a completely off topic picture, our guinea pig, Fred, seems to think he’s a turtle today. He won’t leave his house, he just sticks his head out to get what ever food he wants. I guess he might just be pretending Hungry Hungry Hippo