Pomelos are my new favorite treat. I tend to generally eat a lot of citrus during the winter months, such as oranges, clementines, and grapefruit since my other favorite fruits aren’t in season. My roommate eats a lot of fruit as well, and so a couple weeks ago she brought home what I surmised was a gigantic grapefruit. I told her I had never seen a grapefruit that big! That’s when she told me, “It’s not a grapefruit silly. It’s a pomelo,” introducing a whole new and delicious citrus fruit to my winter diet.
Pomelos look and taste similar to grapefruits, with subtle differences. For one, they’re much larger in size. Pomelos are the largest citrus fruit, although I must admit that half of this size difference is due to pomelos’ thick skin. The taste is similar to that of a grapefruit but is a tad sweeter and milder. The texture slightly differs as well, as it is a bit coarser containing a bunch of little juicy beads that pop in your mouth.
While some might argue that pomelos aren’t worth buying because they’re a tad pricy (the price depends upon where you buy it, but definitely priced higher than regular grapefruit), I find their size and sweet grapefruit taste quite intriguing. I’ve advocated this policy before but once again, I’d rather spend my money on a delicious and unique fruit than a shoddy dessert. The size and mysteriousness of a pomelo makes me excited about munching on a fruit.
If you decide to splurge on a pomelo, choose one on the heavier side. These tend to be jucier and sweeter. And if you decide you want to get creative, try candying the rind.