What is a Pomelo? Why is it entitled the fruit of fortune? How does it taste like? How can I cut this fruit, and blah blah blah.
Many questions appear in mind discovering a peculiar fruit or something novel we have heard of but never tried before.
The blog holds glimpses of the whole shooting match you’d love to imbibe concerning pomelo fruit.
What Is A Pummelo?
Pomelo, also voiced as Pummelo, is the largest citrus fruit native to Asia, or Southeast Asia.
The crop isn’t a hybrid and sprouts naturally without any cross-plowing.
Despite being native to Asia, Pomelo is cultivated across the world;
- In the US, it is cultivated in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona
- In China, it is cultivated in the city of Guangzhou
With all this, pomelos are exported in a substantial amount from Australia and the Philippines.
FYI: Pomelo is the ancestor of today’s Grapefruit.
Grand pomelo, aka the fruit of fortune or a symbol of luck, is called so because it is a Cantonese word that sounds like prosperity in the language.
For this reason, the Chinese are customary to display Pomelo during Lunar New Year to raise the bar for money and wealth.
Pomelo Fruit Scientific Name & Information:
- Scientific name: Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: Maxima
- Common Name: Pomelo, Pummelo, Shaddock, Pamplemousse, Jabong fruit, Batabi Lebu, Suha, Chakotra
- Spelled as: Pomello, Pummelo, Pommelo, Pumelo
- Growing Season: From November through June
- Growing Span: Eight Years
- Tree Size: 50 ft high
- Fruit Size: 6–10 inches in diameter
- Fruit weight: 2–4 lb
- Pomelo Taste: Similar to grapefruit, but sweeter
Pomelo comes in different hybrid and some non-hybrid varieties.
Hybrid Pomelo fruits grow naturally in the wilds.
On the other hand, to bring improvement and variations in Pomelo’s taste and size, hybrid Pomelos were grown.
Natural / Pure / Non-Hybrid Pomelos:
The genus from Korea, this Pomelo citrus fruit grows on Jeju island. It has Pomelo genomes, hence labeled as a variety of pomelo fruit.
Banpeiyu makes the largest pomelo fruit. Some people consider it a hybrid while others, as a non-hybrid. So, there is a controversy.
Non-Hybrid Pomelo Types:
When Pomelo is crossed with sweet orange, the grapefruit plant grows.
2. Sweet Orange:
It is a cross between Pomelo and mandarin (small citrus tree resembling oranges).
3. Bitter Orange:
When a variety of Pomelo is crossed with Mandarin, bitter orange grows.
Remember, the cross-fertilizations above occur naturally and aren’t human-made.
Pummelo / Pomelo Taste:
We have eaten Jackfruit, a fruit that tastes like meat due to being rich in nutrition. However, you can have tasty nourishment as well while eating Pomelo.
No comprise our smell or taste.
Pomelo has a delightful taste, similar to a mild grapefruit. Grapefruit is a bit sour, yet Pomelo is sweeter.
You can call, it tastes like a combo of different citrus fruits, like a Pamplemousse mixture with orange.
Everyone can taste this fruit and find it pleasant on the tongue and very friendly to the taste buds. Yet, its richness of protein and minerals is the icing on the cake.
Check this exciting pomelo taste compilation video:
What Does Pomelo Smell Like?
The nimbus aroma of Pomelos is often used in Perfumery and colognes making.
Pomelo musk is so affluent in the citrus family.
You can find different brands and companies lavishly appointing Pummelo’s spiffy scent in perfumes for piquant aroma.
How to Eat Pomelo?
Pomelos are eaten raw, cooked, or used to prepare numerous tasty juices, marmalades, jellies, jams, and salads.
To eat, Pomelo is first cut.
Containing the hardest rind of all with a solid white skin inside, Pomelo is encapsulated so firmly it’s jacket/covering or peel.
Therefore, many people find it hard to peel, cut, or eat a pomelo:
Don’t worry! As before eating, you will have to cut a pomelo, so here is the method:
How To Cut A Pomelo?
You will have to remove the thick rind and peel the membrane from around each segment. Check this video to get pomelo flesh:
Once your Pomelo is cut down, you can enjoy raw fruit. There are many other ways in which you can enjoy a Pomelo. You will read more about it in the Pomelo uses section, given at the end of this page:
Pomelo Fruit Benefits:
Pomelo is very closely related to grapefruit. Many people call it Pamplemousses too, which is the French name for grapefruit.
Though both have a parallel appearance, Pomelo comes with a very thick rind in which flesh is encapsulated.
FYI: Pomelo Fruit can grow larger than a cantaloupe
The fruit is also hard to cut but worth it because of its abundant fringe benefits and richness of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Like all other citruses, Pomelo is the best of both worlds; either you use it in recipes or eat raw – the fruit serves you yum-yum. Consuming fruits can bring very positive changes in your life.
Nutritional Benefits of Pomelo
Some nutritional benefits are:
● Rich in Nutrition:
As the fruit belongs to the citrus genus, we can expect a lot in terms of nutrition. Calories with no fat but only fibers, Carbs, and vitamins, Pomelo Bites offer everything you need, especially during winter.
“Pomelo never lets you get dehydrated.”
According to USDA, you get 231 calories, 5 grams of proteins, 59 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of fiber by consuming Pomelo flesh.
Besides this, it also offers riboflavin, copper, and potassium, 12.6, 32, and 28 %, respectively.
Pummelo also is the richest source of vitamin C, just like oranges and pomegranates.
● Engrossed With Fibbers:
This fortune fruit has 6 grams of dietary fiber. Most of the people in the USA need 25 grams of fiber every day.
Instead of using artificial means to fulfill fiber deficiency, chew on this healthy snack, and get rich amounts of nutrition, naturally.
From all types of fibers, Pomelo is rich in insoluble fiber.
Insoluble fiber helps in boosting digestion. (we will discuss in details in the health point, coming further)
● A Heaven Of Vitamins:
The human body requires Vitamin C the most, and this is what Pomelo offers. It keeps you fit, young, makes you look elegant, and stack gobs of energy in you.
The 412 % proportion of vitamin C never let you need any other supplement to cater to Vitamin deficiency. Just munch on Pomelo every day and stay healthy.
Besides this, you also find amounts of vitamin K and D in Jabong (Pomelo) fruit. That gives your body the energy to do daily tasks without feeling tired.
Pomelo is packed with numerous antioxidant compounds that enhance the body’s immunity against free radicals present in the environment or enter the body through food consumption.
You find naringin extracts in this largest citrus fruit known to prevent chronic diseases and infections.
Health benefits are bragged the same as nutritional benefits, but they aren’t in a deeper meaning. Here you will know in simple language that using this fruit can help your health in many direct ways.
So, how is this honey pomelo going to help your health directly? Here are some details:
● Accelerate Weight Loss Process:
Weight loss is directly relevant to the number of calories you consume every day. However, foods rich in calories also contain a colossal of fat.
Pomelo contains no fat but 231 calories with a rich amount of insoluble fiber.
Eating one Pomelo will keep you filled for a more extended period, while the calories you had consumed are lesser than the human body requires.
Your body will break down the excessive fat of your body to fulfill its need. As a result, this thing will accelerate the weight loss process.
● Fights Against Cancerous Cells:
Cancerous cells are those dead cells that start affecting the nearest other healthy cells instead of detaching from your body.
An enzyme in Pomelo peels, called Polysaccharides, is known to suppress the transplanted Sarcoma 180 tumor growth (concluded from NCBI Study).
(Pomelo peels are used in different ways; you shall read about it in the point coming ahead, named, uses of Pomelo.)
● Improves Skin Discoloration & Aging:
Pomelo peels are known to work best against skin discoloration. Pomelo peels oil is widely used for the sake of improving your skin condition, such as eczema.
It comes with anti-melanogenic effects that reduce the formation of melanogenic compounds in the skin and keeps it from forming discolored aging spots on your skin.
It will prevent pigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase up to 90.8 %.
● Heart Health Improver:
Pomelo is also known for her property to enhance and improve cardiovascular health. Its usage as a cardiac stimulant is not new; it is cultivated in Southeast Asia for many years for this reason.
Flavonoids like Neohesperidin, hesperidin, naringenin, and naringin work as a heart health booster. Enzymes are present in its juice, so it is used in many herbal medicines across china and the rest of the world.
● Improves Digestion:
The richness in dietary fiber makes pomelo fruit one of the greatest fighters against constipation.
What fiber does is add bulk to your stole. Doing so makes food easy and faster to digest and extract easily out of your body.
Pomelo is a celebrity fruit that lets you do many experiments with it and let you use your entire self to create garnished stuff, cook food, and yes, eat raw fruit.
We all know Pomelo has a tasty fruit, but have you ever wondered, in how many ways you can use its peels and rind that is so thick and heavily coated on the fruit?
So, here you go with some pomelo uses:
1. Pomelo Peel Uses:
Pomelo skin or pomelo peel comes in elegant tones of winter that you can use for ornamental purposes.
You can use Pomelo peel to garnish cocktails and add a little citrusy flavor to them. Pomelo peels look similar to green and yellow lemon peels.
Lemons are too small, so use Pomelo peels, twist them, and use them to garnish every drink you make.
Not just this, many people use Pomelo skin for cooking sweet dishes.
Do you want to try? Check this recipe:
- How to make Sweet Menthol Candy with Pomelo Peels?
You need pomelo peels, sugar, water, and a cup of milk to make this different sweet pudding.
Here is the method covered in the video:
- How To Use Pomelo Peel For Hair Growth?
Pomelo is rich in protein and minerals that your skin and hair require. Its peel oil is used for skin rejuvenation.
You will find so many brands offer pure pomelo oil against skin pigmentation.
Pomelo peels can be used for hair growth as well.
How? Here is the method:
- How To Use Pomelo Skin As Insect Repellent:
Pomelo rind is so fragrant for humans, but not likable by insects. A blessing in disguise.
In the pre-winter season, bugs, lizards, and all other insects appear from nowhere into cabinets, drawers, walls, and everywhere.
You don’t need any other thing if you have Pomelos in the home. What to do?
- Peel your Pomelo,
- Make small pieces of its peel,
- Tie them in a net sheath
- Put them in the sunshine for sometime
- Scatter the sheathed dried pomelo peels in drawers, cabinets, or any place with bugs
- In no time, you will have a bug-free home
Pomelo peel oil can be used in fragrant lamps to use as a natural deodorant for the home.
2. Pomelo Fruit Uses:
Pomelo fruit is eaten raw as well as used in a number of fresh veg salads.
For this, you just need to remove the thick rind, separate each segment, and also remove the white thread-like membrane, like you would do with orange before eating.
Along with eating raw, you can use it to make different types of recipes, including salsas, marinades, juiced, jams, salads, and herbal teas.
You can use Pomelo Rind to make hot tea while ice tea by using the flesh of fruit.
- How to make Pomelo Tea:
- How to make Pomelo Jam?
Pomelo jam requires no hard efforts. Here is the simplest DIY jam method:
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