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Jan 14, 2008 02:21 PM

try pomelo

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

    11 Replies
    1. re: Miss Needle

      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.

      1. re: moh

        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.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          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!

          1. re: moh

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

            1. re: Miss Needle

              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....

              1. re: moh

                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.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  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...

      2. re: Miss Needle

        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.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          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).

          1. re: Miss Needle

            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.


          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            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!

        2. 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.

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

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