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caryjones Jan 14, 2008 02:21 PM

I'm a grapefruit fan who just recently experienced eating pomelo (Chinese grapefruit) for the first time. I must say it was sweeter than most any grapefruit I've ever had. Pomelos are plentiful and cheap in the markets right now.

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  1. Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 02:54 PM

    I don't know if I've just eaten bad ones throughout my life, but I always thought they were too dry.

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      moh Jan 14, 2008 04:12 PM

      No I don't think you have only eaten bad ones. They are definitely drier than grapefruit here in North America. But they are sweeter too.

      But I would be interested in hearing from people who have eaten a pomelo in their country of harvest, or right off a tree.

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        Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 04:39 PM

        I've had pomelos in Vietnam. And it was a bit better than those I've had in the States, but not by much. I don't think it's my thing.

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          moh Jan 14, 2008 04:49 PM

          Good to know! Sometimes fruit doesn't last so long in transit (like my beloved mangosteen). So I didn't want to make an assumption about the pomelo as I have only tried them in places where they don't grow so well. Thanks!

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            Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 05:04 PM

            Mmmmm.... mangosteen! They are my favorite fruit! I wish they were more readily available.

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              moh Jan 14, 2008 08:10 PM

              Yes they are my favorite fruit also. If you ever pop up to Montreal or Toronto, you can get them fresh. They are not as wonderful as they can be in tropical climates, but they are still a real treat. Still, I remember buying a gigantic bag in Hawaii, so fresh! So delicious! And cheap to boot!

              I like the meatiness of pomelo, they are very substantial....

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                Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 08:19 PM

                So lucky that you can get them fresh. I do believe they have it in Chinatown in NY at times, but I think they've been frozen. They were selling them at certain upscale locations this year for the first time (from Puerto Rico) but at an obscene price.

                I think I'll be going to Hawaii in a few months for a wedding. Gotta to keep my eyes out for them.

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                  moh Jan 14, 2008 08:41 PM

                  If you are on the Big Island, go to the Hilo farmers market on Saturdays. I got my gigantic bag there, must have been 12-15 of them for $5 ! They were fabulous!!!! If there were more bags, I would have bought them all and just gorged...

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        Ruth Lafler Jan 14, 2008 07:39 PM

        Pomelos are drier than grapefruits, but I've run across bad ones that are very dry, so I can't say which was your case. I love them (grapefruit is too bitter for me), but they're a lot of work, because the membranes are so tough. There are also quite a few different varieties, ranging from deep pink to almost white, with some flavor variations as well.

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          Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 08:33 PM

          I do agree that pomelos aren't as bitter as grapefruits. I've been thinking about it more and I'm starting to realize I'm not that crazy about citrus fruits in general as they kind of irritate my stomach. So my dislike of the pomelo probably has to do more with my intolerance than the taste.

          In Vietnam, I had pomelo in the context of a shrimp salad. The pomelo complemented the shrimp pretty well and was refreshing. I just like it a bit more juicy than meaty (as Moh puts it).

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            MMRuth Jan 15, 2008 03:02 AM

            I recently made a dish with grapefruit that was inspired by a dish served with pomelos - will have to try it with them sometime. It has crabmeat and avocados.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...

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            reannd Jan 15, 2008 04:18 AM

            In Thailand you can buy a pomelos already depithed for 50 cents or less. I would buy one and eat it all week long.. so good, so tasty. Like grapefruit I prefer white to red. I think it's still way more fiber-y, though. I noticed it always made me 'extra' regular ;).. but was worth it!!

            In MN we get it, but only the red variety, and probably $2+ a piece -- totally do it yourself :(

            Pomelo salad (a lot like papaya salad) is fabulous!

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          formosalily Jan 14, 2008 05:19 PM

          In Taiwan, Pomelo is the "must-have" fruit to be enjoyed on Mid-Autumn (Full-Moon) Festival. While it is not as juicy as grapefruit, it is sweeter and does not have the bitter taste. And best of all, its thick peel can turn into a hat when cut in a specific way to keep it in one piece.

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            spellweaver16 Jan 15, 2008 12:03 AM

            I love pomelos! My roommate and I picked one up on a whim and we were very pleasantly surprised. I like grapefruit, but feel I have to sprinkle on a lot of sugar to make it enjoyable. A pomelo is perfect for me, and well worth the work to break into it.

            1. yumcha Jan 15, 2008 06:33 AM

              Love it - it's not as messy as grapefruit, but larger and sweeter - the best of both worlds!

              1. tatamagouche Jan 15, 2008 06:34 AM

                Been eating them for years. They're good in Vietnamese salads too.

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                  HLing Jan 15, 2008 09:47 AM

                  Even in the Asian kind there are different ones you can try. Those that are not round, but more of a pear shape (wider in the bottom) are not really grapefruit to me. (We call them Wun2 Dan4) You wouldn't want to eat these like you would grapefruit, either. By that I mean you would peel off each complete petal, instead of the Western way of breakfast grapefruit way of cutting in halves and scooping out the flesh. The nice ones have a unique scent that regular grapefruit don't have. It's the scent of Yuzu, as the Japanese call them.

                  Apples and Oranges; Grapefruits and Pomelos...different to me, not suitable for comparing.

                  1. trentyzan Jan 15, 2008 10:19 AM

                    Oro blanco are really good, too. Similarly thick-rinded, but smaller, often cheaper and somewhat easier to peel.

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                      spellweaver16 Jan 15, 2008 11:56 AM

                      Really? We have one sitting in the fridge right now, something else we picked up on a whim. What does it taste like?

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                        trentyzan Feb 6, 2008 09:41 AM

                        Kind of like a cross b/w pomelo and grapefruit. If you get them small and let them ripen, I find them often more tender and sweet than either.

                    2. designerboy01 Mar 31, 2008 10:13 PM

                      I find the Pomelos in the US are a different breed from the ones I've eaten in Hong Kong. There seems to be a bigger nose on the ones I've eaten in Asia. I had better experience with ones eaten in Asia. The Cantonese use Pomelo skins to boil in soups. The more popular Cantonese dish you can probably encounter in Hong Kong or Guangzhou is one where they cook the peel with a duck broth. I had one cooked with canpoy too. But the result is something potatoy like Yucca but it practically melts in your mouth. Its amazing what these chefs can do with a pomelo peel.

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                        Mag454 Mar 31, 2008 11:00 PM

                        Interestingly enough I hate pomelos, which is a shame since I have a HUGE pumelo tree. When I moved in to this apt in July I tried one and did not like it. As time progressed I kept trying them, and I still never liked them. I have a grapefruit tree and they are I think sweeter for the most part and really juicy, which is what I like. I like that burst of flavor that you find in grapefruit, which is sadly lacking in pomelos.

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