I’ve never taken to eating grapefruits regularly. While a sweet, ripe one is a glorious fruit to behold, I never can predict what awaits me, and the potential sourness and slight bitterness of the membranes usually deters me from trying. (NB: According to the farmers of CeeBee’s citrus, who sell their heirloom fruits at New York City’s New Amsterdam Market, the modern grapefruit’s characteristic sourness results from being bred to have fewer and fewer seeds. The seeds, they claim, are like sugar cubes; and indeed the company sells a reliably sweet–and very seedy– heirloom varietal called the Duncan Grapefruit.)
If you also have an aversion to super-sour citrus, you may have summarily dismissed a suspiciously grapefruit-looking fruit called the Pomelo if you’ve crossed paths with it. If indeed you have, I regret to inform you that you’ve made a huge mistake. (But fear not: the Pomelo is too thick-skinned to be offended. Ha ha.)
Pomelos are reportedly ancestors to grapefruits, with a much thicker rind and a grapefruitish flavor with enough extra sweetness to just take the edge off of a grapefruit’s characteristic sourness. (If you like sweet/tart grapefruit-flavored sodas like Fresca or Boylan’s MASH, you’ll probably love Pomelos.) Also, between the thick rind that’s easy to peel off and a flesh that’s less wet-juicy than a grapefruit, I find them *much* neater and easier to eat; you can peel and eat them with your hands like an orange rather than cutting them to eat with a spoon like a grapefruit.
The peeling-like-an-orange-method I favor is demonstrated in this very helpful instructional video (unlike an orange, you’ll want to also remove the membrane from each segment before eating), so if you have 4 minutes and 41 seconds to spare, check it out:
Nutritionally, a pomelo (or, as the USDA nutrition database prefers to call it, a “pummelo,”) is very similar to a grapefruit, but apparently with even more Vitamin C. One cup of pomelo segments (the average pomelo will have about 3 such servings) contains 70 calories, 2g fiber and about twice the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
Pomelo is also similar to grapefruit in that it can interfere with the metabolism of certain drugs (refresh your memory here with my previous post on citrus); a list of such drugs can be found here, but it’s always best to double-check with your pharmacist or doctor to verify that you can enjoy grapefruits and related citrus like Pomelos and Seville/Sour Oranges without any interaction with prescription drugs you may be taking.Did you like this? If so, please bookmark it, RSS feed.