Every once in a while, the neighborhood grocery store will stock a unique fruit or veggie in their produce section. Yesterday, that fruit was a pomelo. Never having seen a pomelo before, I jmped at the chance to see just what I’ve been missing.
A Pomelo is a citrus fruit. It is the parent of the grapefruit. In fact the grapefruit is simply a hybrid between a pomelo and an orange. As you can see from the picture, I didn’t pick up the ripest of the fruits, but only because I had no idea on what I was getting myself into.
Eyes: About the size of a large grapefruit, the skin was a lime green. In looking at wikipedia, I find that this is not typical, as a ripe pomelo is usually a pale green to yellow when ripe. The rind and flesh are both very firm, both indicating that the fruit is not fully mature.
Nose: Smells like a grapefruit. This is hardly a revelation.
Taste: The fruit is quite good, even if not fully ripe. It’s not tart at all, as one might expect a grapefruit to be. It’s not overly sweet either. In fact, it’s a very subdued sweet, which makes it quite tasty.
Overall: Hey, it’s a new fruit to track down on a regular basis. As Pomelo’s are now grown in California, I’m looking to see this more often in my grocery store. I would most assuredly purchase again.