Since I moved to Vancouver I have seen pomelos regularly at the Asian markets and are they ever popular. Especially at Chinese New Year.
Part of my new year goal for 2015 is to explore more, especially when it comes to food. On the radio I heard someone refer to pomelos as grapefruit on steroids. Now that sounded like a foodie challenge!
One pomelo cost me well over $3 which was pretty expensive but the thing was quite huge. In February you could buy them partially peeled which I thought was odd. After bringing one home and cutting it open, I saw the value of buying them like that.
The rind is insanely thick! From what I can tell, most people cut off the top like this and then remove the rind by hand. I was not going to do that. Too hard on my hands and I knew I would end up with fruit juice all over myself.
So I cut off the bottom and then went around the circumference as though it was a monstrous orange. Still very messy though…
I could not believe this was all that was left after I removed the slices! Not a lot for almost $4.
But you know, it was worth it. I love grapefruit but sometimes it hurts my throat and I have to add a lot of brown sugar. Not with a pomelo. It was smoother and more gentle than grapefruit and… quite lovely.
Next time I will either put the entire thing through my fruit press and juice the hell out of it or I am going to slice it in half and enjoy it with a serrated spoon like I would half a grapefruit. No matter how you slice it, it is going to be messy but I am happy to say, it will be worth it.
The Happy Whisk says
Grapefruit is one of my favorites, but never ate one of these. What country did yours come from? I always here that people who live in Florida get sick of their grapefruit trees.
Do both white and red grapefruit hurt your throat?
I believe the HK sticker means it came from Hong Kong. It does come from overseas which is why it’s so much. Yes, all grapefruit can potentially upset my throat. Not always though. It’s just a sensitivity. Mint does it to me too!
At my house, we do just peel off the rind with a knife + shear force and eat it segment by segment. The membranes separate easily from the fruit so that might be a less messy way to eat it. In Chinese cooking, you can also stew the rinds of a pomelo but it can be an acquired taste. Can’t wait to see what you try next!
That would be ideal Vivi, to avoid waste and mess! I wonder if my little hands can do it? Thanks for giving me the courage to try next time.
Debra She Who Seeks says
I’ve never been fussy about grapefruit so probably wouldn’t like these either. Besides, I’m on a statin and you’re not supposed to ingest grapefuit (fruit or juice) with those because it reduces the pill’s effectiveness.
Oh that’s true! Good point that fruit juice can impact medication Debra.
I have often seen these but never bought one. I shall now and I’ll eat it like a regular grapefruit and see what happens!
Oh good Jenny!!! Yay for you! I hope you enjoy it. It’s going to be really big to dig into but I think that will be kind of fun. I can’t wait to get another one.