What on earth is a Pomelo, you ask? Well, I could try to sound knowledgeable and worldlier than I am and tell you with authority that a Pomelo is a large citrus fruit grown in South East Asia and the South Pacific islands. In fact, I’ve only heard of the Pomelo from cooking shows and food magazines. Yes, I am addicted to the Food Network and if the wonderful celebrity chefs say the Pomelo is the next big thing, then you betcha I’m gonna try it!
For our Chinese New Year celebration, my friend brought two Pomelos. I asked why she brought them and she said, “Well, I figured that you were Chinese and I read on the internet that Chinese people eat Pomelo on Chinese New Year, so it was a good idea!”
I had to laugh, because though I am part Chinese, I have never eaten Pomelo in my life. I was excited to try it though!
- The Pomelo is huge! It’s about twice the size of a grapefruit (before peeling).
- From doing the sniff test, the exterior (the skin/rind) of the Pomelo smells sort of like that of a grapefruit.
- The Pomelo is quite difficult to open, since its skin is so thick!
- The fruit itself looks like grapefruit, only not as soft.
- The texture is surprisingly nothing like any citrus fruit I’ve ever tasted. It’s “meaty” and not juicy.
- It is very delicious, in a not overly sweet way. Only the membrane/pith is bitter.
Above photos via Wikipedia: Photo of Pomelo segments and Pomelo flesh.
I’m so glad my friend brought these over, because I think they’re my new favourite fruit at the moment! This is not good for us trying to eat only local fruits and vegetables though!