What is that thing? That is exactly what I said when I saw it at the grocery store. Well, this is the pomelo (or pommelo), the grapefruit’s big cousin. It is also known as the Chinese grapefruit. It is grown mainly in South and Southeast Asia and Malaysia. It is similar to the grapefruit, but bigger, and the rind is much thicker, which can be surprising when you peel it. But when you do it is a great reward! The pomelo is actually a bit sweeter than the grapefruit, and I prefer it over the regular grapefruit myself. Like your other citrus fruits, it tends to be in season in the winter months.
As you would suspect from it being a citrus fruit, it is a good source of vitamin C. It also provides some potassium, as well as small amounts of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. It is a carbohydrate source, but also provides a small amount of protein as well! A serving size is one cup, which gives you around 75 calories. As with most fruits and vegetables you get some fiber also, around two grams per serving, about the same as a piece of bread.
Pomelo will go well as a snack by itself, or it can be a great addition to a mixed green salad. You could always juice it and have a nice refreshing drink, or a mixer for a cocktail. You can add it into your smoothies for some refreshing tang. Anywhere that you would typically use citrus in your recipes or meal plans, you can use the pomelo. I like to enjoy mine as a side with my breakfast, or a snack at night.
I like to peel it and eat the wedges. Let’s look at how to go about doing that.
Even my dog likes pomelo, and when he knows I am eating one he is always scavenging for a piece ha-ha!
It’s a citrus fruit, so those of you who are taking statin medications, or any other medication which can interact with grapefruit or citrus, will need to be careful and check with your health care professional before you try it out.
Post written by Becky Crosby, CT Dietetic student, reviewed by Kate Wilson, RD, CDN.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2047/2 Online February 28, 2014.