What does Pomelo taste like?

Derived from Dutch word pompelmoes, the Pomelo is bit of a stranger to the UK supermarket but that doesn't mean you won't come across one from time to time. However if you do find one in front of you in the fresh produce aisles it will catch your eye. Its botanical name, Citrus maxima, explains why as it means 'biggest citrus', so it is no surprise that the Pomelo is the largest citrus fruit from the family Rutaceae and will positively dwarf all other citrus offerings. The fruit is approximately 15–25 cm in diameter, usually weighing 1–2 kg . It has a thicker rind than a grapefruit, to which unsurprisingly the Pomelo is the principal ancestor of and is divided into 11 to 18 segments. 

What does Pomelo taste like?

Nutritionally raw pomelo flesh is comprised of 89% water, 10% carbohydrates, 1% protein. It is rich in Vitamin C with a 100 gram portion providing 73% of your daily requirement as well as 38 kilocalories.

So what does a Pomelo taste like? The juice is regarded as delicious while the flesh tastes like a mild grapefruit, with little of its common bitterness. However the enveloping membranes around the segments are chewy, bitter and generally considered inedible, and unpalatable. The rind can be candied or used to make preserves. or may be candied.

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