The Pomelo Fruit is quite a special tropical citrus fruit! Besides being naturaly the biggest of it’s kind, the Pomelo, aka Pummelo or Pomello, is a very healthy fruit on it’s own.
That is why I decided to share my new breakfast obsession, which is basically a Pomello smoothie with other delicious tropical fruits, further below.
At the same time I realized that handling such a massive fruit might not just be common sense, therefore I also covered below on how to open and eat a Pomelo fruit.
What is a Pomelo fruit?
The other day our neighbor gave us a homegrown Pomelo fruit from his garden. He has a Pomelo tree, which yields a good amount of Pomelo fruits and since these fruits tend to grow naturally outrageously huge, he likes to share them with the whole neighborhood.
The Pomelo tree is native to tropical Asia and South America, so they are common in India for example. Some of my neighbores have a tree and as you can see in the picture below, the pomelo tree just looks like any other tree, in fact it looks a bit like a huge lemon tree, just that it’s growing heavy pomelo fruits.
You might be able to spot the round young fruits growing up high on the tree in the picture.
Pomelos are the biggest naturally growing citrus fruits in the world. The one in the picture was 2.3 kg (!) heavy and was quite a big pomelo fruit.
The fruit itself is also known as Pummelo or Pomello in different parts of the world. Ironically many people, even in Goa, think the Pomello is an outgrown Grapefruit.
What do you call the Pomelo fruit in your corner of the world?
Pomelo VS Grapefruit
Grapefruit and Pomelo are too very different fruits.
The confusion mostly arises in french too, where the pomelo might be known in some parts as a pamplemousse, yet the grapefruit goes by the same name in all french speaking parts of the globe.
Grapefruits are smaller, have a thinner orange colored skin and less “spongy” material compared to the Pomelo. Grapefruits might come in different variations but they are definitely more sour and flavorful then Pomelos.
The Pomelo fruit has a thick light green colored skin with big pores. It contains a lot of sponge inside at the borders, which is a bit shocking when you open a fruit.
Pomelos taste mellow, it has a pink salmon hue and the citrus flesh is way harder compared to a grapefruit. You can literally pick out the flesh pieces and eat it plainly that way.
The Pomelo fruit tastes a bit sour and bitter too, which I enjoy! Yet, because the fruit is not that strong in flavor, I love it, because in that way I can use it in various sweet and savory foods.
How do you eat a Pomelo fruit?
When I saw my first Pomelo fruit, I had to buy and taste it (obviously) but at the time of the purchase I didn’t consider how I would eat this gorgeous fruit.
Turns out you need a different approach to tackle a ripe Pomelo!
If you are following my Instagram stories then you might know already how to do that, but of course I did promise to spell it out here again.
Before you go ahead and take your pomelo apart, consider this…
- a grapefruit is usually cut into half and the flesh spooned/cut out
- orange and mandarins are peeled before taken apart by hand
- lemons and mosambi are cut into half and squeezed out
A Pomelo fruit is so big that you need to open up the fruit the following way. [#Instagramstories screenshots]
- Cut into half
- Slightly cut into the sponge mass of the fruit and start peeling off the big amount of sponge with your fingers so that you are left with only the fruit flesh and it’s casing. This is easier then peeling an orange!
- Then just pull apart each individual fruit casing
- Take out the flesh with your fingers and place it into a bowl. This is easy and a clean job because the fruit flesh is hard.
What I usually do is I take out all the fruit flesh and place it into a Tupperware. Then I use it to make smoothies, juice or I also like to add it to usual salads such as Kani salad, iceberg salad and similar.
Today I am sharing my recent breakfast obsession a tropical pomelo smoothie bowl which I tend to prepare with fresh fruits from the garden.
Pomelo Fruit Smoothie Recipe below:
- Discard Passion Fruit seeds if you don't like them, I don't mind the little bitterness and keep the seeds.
- Also I don't peel my sapote as it's homegrown. The skin usually has extra useful nutrient and besides it's a job less to not peel the fruit. However, you need to take out the seeds from the sapote fruit.
- Place all the ingredient into the blender jar and mix to a smooth consistency.
- Enjoy your smoothie a bit cooled. Sometimes I like to sprinkle some chia or basil seeds on the smoothie before finishing a whole bowl full after work out in the morning.
More tropical fruits! 🍌
Dear Reader, do you get Pomelo wherever you are right now in the world?
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